The City of Kwinana council voted to raise its rates for the 2022-23 financial year by a minimum 3.95 per cent at a special meeting on May 30.
While improved residential and vacant residential were bumped up 3.95 per cent, improved special residential and vacant non-residential saw a 7.15 per cent and 13.77 per cent increase, respectively.
The city is in the process of reducing its number of rating categories, starting a harmonisation process five years ago. The number of rate categories for the financial year 2023-24 is expected to reduce to six from eight.
The increase in these rates brings the minimum residential rate to $1126, up from $1083 last financial year, and owners of commercial and industrial properties have also received a 3.95 per cent increase, bringing their rates to $1466, up from $1410 last financial year.
In their report, city officers said the rate model was estimated to yield $44,823,277 for the City of Kwinana.
The council voted to authorise the chief executive to proceed with the application for ministerial approval for the adopted rates and once complete, the application will go to Local Government Minister John Carey for approval.
The city’s budget, including proposed rates, will go to council for vote at its June 22 meeting.