2015-16 Rates & Budget Information
A message from our CEO
As we head into the 2015/2016 financial year, it is a good time to look back over the past 12 months to see just how much we have achieved. Firstly we saw the construction of four units for the well-aged which are due for completion in August this year. These units are of an exceptionally high standard, and will enable our senior residents to live in a communal yet private environment, and enjoy the lifestyle that Woodanilling has to offer. We also saw the completion of the renovations to “Richardson’s Store” by the Woodanilling Men’s Shed Group – and what an amazing job our men have done. This building now takes pride of place at the entrance to town, and is an absolute credit to the hardworking men who have formed the Men’s Shed Group.
Then there are the things we do well from year to year that didn’t disappoint, from the Australia Day breakfast, to the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Woodanilling Cemetery, the official opening of the Woodanilling Men’s Shed, and our ever increasing roadworks program.
To finish, I would personally like to thank my hard-working admin staff and works crew – we could not achieve what we have without you. Finally, a thank you to our six Councillors, who work hard to make sure all decisions made are for the betterment of our wonderful community. I look forward to a bigger and better 2015/2016
Belinda Knight, CEO
Your rates notice contains all the information regarding early payment discounts, instalment options, and penalty interest rates.
Should there be any reason why you cannot pay your rates, please contact our Chief Executive Officer to put a payment plan in place.
The Valuer General’s office provides periodic valuations of all properties within the district. If you wish to object to the valuation of the property, this must be done within 42 days of the original issue date of the rate notice from Council. Rates must be paid by the nominated due dates even if an objection has been lodged. A refund amount will be issued if applicable.
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Pensioner & Senior Rebates
The Water Corporation provides an online registration service for pensioners and seniors to apply for the concession on their water and local government rates.
The Water Corporation will also register pensioners and seniors who are NOT their customers.
To apply for a Pensioner and Senior rebates please visit the water corporation website www.watercorporation.com.au or phone Water Corporation on 1300 659 951.
Council adopted the 2015/2016 budget at the ordinary Council meeting in July 2015, and agreed to a 3% increase in the amount to be raised by rates. Whilst Council received an increase in road funding this year, the majority of other grants remained static or reduced, making it a very penny-wise budget. To view the 2015/16 budget click here.
This year the following can be expected:
- Rates increase will be in the order of 3%
- The discount on early payment of rates remains at 5% in line with declining interest rate trends
- Interest on outstanding rates and charges remains at 11% as legislated.
- No Increase in refuse collection rates and recycling collection remains free to the community.
- Capital projects funded by grants and internal sources include:
- Ongoing Town Centre Enhancement Plan implementation, focussing predominately on Robinson Road from the Great Southern Highway to Monger Road.
- Well Aged Independent Living project – completion of four units for the well-aged.
- Ongoing implementation of Council’s Integrated Planning Process including a desk-top review of the Strategic Community Plan.
- Construction of an emergency water supply tank, capturing water from the recreation centre buildings.
- Restoration of the War Memorial, including repointing of the names on the cenotaph and revitalisation of the garden.
- A $900,000 Road works program including:
- Ongoing upgrades and reseals to Robinson Road and Katanning-Dumbleyung Road;
- Ongoing repairs and reseal of other roads including Cartmeticup Road and Shenton Road
- Gravel sheeting on various roads