City of Karratha

Proposed rates model released for 2020/21

28 Apr 2020

The City of Karratha will freeze rates for the 2020/21 financial year under a proposed rating model released for public comment this week.

Council committed to not increasing rates in 2020/21 as part of its $3 million COVID-19 support packages for ratepayers, small businesses and community groups announced last month in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Council had frozen rates to provide some relief to ratepayers during this difficult time.

“We have also deferred the collection of rates for all ratepayers excluding schedule (bulk) ratepayers for three months from August to November to provide some breathing space to ratepayers,” Cr Long said.

“In addition, Council has modified the City’s Financial Hardship (Rates Relief) Policy to provide increased access to debt write off for businesses and individuals.

“These are unprecedented and uncertain times and Council is committed to providing immediate and ongoing assistance where possible to our community.”

If implemented, this would be the fifth consecutive year the City has introduced a rating model below the Australian Consumer Price Index.

The proposed rating model will generate $42.18 million or approximately one third of the City’s total funding required for 2020/21.

The majority of Council’s operational funding is sourced from government grants, the private sector, fees and charges in order to reduce reliance on rates to deliver infrastructure, facilities and services.

The City will advertise the proposed model for public feedback with a final decision to be made in May.