Rates rise revealed

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer

The Shire of Narrogin is expected to increase rates in the townsite of Narrogin by an average of 2 per cent for the 2019-2020 financial year.

At last Wednesday night’s council meeting, councillors voted in favour of advertising their intention to raise rates by 2 per cent in town, 8.48 per cent in Highbury’s townsite and on GRV — rural, or hobby farm properties — and by 5.49 per cent for farming properties.

The intended increases will add an extra $141,980 of revenue from ratepayers to the Shire next financial year, bringing the total sum to $4,934,996 for 2019-2020.

Residents will have 21 days, until 12pm on June 17, to submit comments to the Shire on the intended rate increases.

Confirmed rate increases are expected to be revealed in late July, following the public comment period.

The resolution was in accordance with the former Shire of Narrogin and Town of Narrogin’s Memorandum of Understanding at time of merger.

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