City of Mandurah’s 2018/19 budget and rates were approved for advertising at a special council meeting on Tuesday night, with ratepayers set to fork out for a two per cent increase.
Councillors were required to approve the rates for advertising, so that public submissions could be received.
Once the public consultation period is closed, the comments will be taken into consideration and included in a report presented to council.
Council will then vote on the final rate increase and the budget adoption.
Coastal Ward councillor Tahlia Jones moved a motion to endorse a report produced for elected members by contact officers David Prattent and Paul Bates.
Ms Jones labelled the increase as "reasonable” and said while she was happy to move the motion, she would like the rates to lowed in the future.
Ms Jones urged community members to have their say on the proposed rate change.
Fellow Coastal Ward councillor Fred Riebeling seconded the motion, which was then endorsed unanimously.
Development projects and economic opportunities were headlined in the report.
Mayor Rhys Williams said the people of Mandurah were front of mind in preparing the new budget.
"A significant focus of the 2018/19 budget is the revitalisation of the city centre’s waterfront areas, with a project team being formed to initiate this important project,” Mr Williams said.
“We’re focused on key projects that support the new story and optimism that’s emerging in Mandurah – we’re on the cusp of our next big growth phase and we’re really excited about it.
“This budget represents outstanding value for money, and lays the foundation for the crucial next part of Mandurah’s journey. It will help us pave the way for shaping our new story.
“For just a small adjustment to the rates, the value of this budget is immense as we deliver on enhanced recreation spaces, increased tourism, jobs for the future, and helping to build a stronger community.”
The community is encouraged to have a say on the City’s proposed rates by June 7 via haveyoursaymandurah.com.au, or submissions can be made in writing.
For more information on how the proposed rates affect you, call 9550 3777.