ALTONE Ward councillor Andrew Kiely has indicated he will move a motion calling on the City of Swan to raise rates by 20 per cent at October’s council meeting.
Amazingly, Cr Kiely believes the City and the larger community should support his push for the massive rate rise to expedite stage one of the Midland Oval redevelopment.
In an era where councils live and die by their rate rises, a councillor proposing a 20 per cent rate rise might be seen to be committing political suicide, however Cr Kiely told Echo News this was not the case.
“I have, from the very outset of running for Council, always pushed for a zero per cent increase to rates,” he said.
“I wanted a decrease in rates.
“This is merely about getting on board with a decision of council to approve the Midland Oval Redevelopment Masterplan.
“I don’t want the initial costs to be dragged out over a number of years by borrowings or removal of fundings from other areas.
“There seems to be broad support for the MORM, so I would assume if there is broad support out there for it there would be broad support for the community to carry the cost.”
Interestingly, the business case for the MORM will be decided at the same meeting, however Cr Kiely denied there was a link with his motion.
“It’s important that the community are aware of the initial cost and I believe there would be broad support of a 20 per cent rate increase for the MORM.
“It’s about being open and transparent as a council.
“I believe the 20 per cent would cover the initial costs.
“I’m just getting on board with the decision.”
Cr Kiely has consistently voted against moving forward with the Midland Oval Redevelopment, and said that a 20 per cent rate rise in the next financial year would make sure the cost of the MORM was not obscured.
A 20 per cent rate rise would be unprecedented in the state of WA, should council choose to support Cr Kiely’s push.