2018-2019 Budget invests in Freo's future
Fremantle Council has adopted an annual budget featuring the single largest local government investment in the city’s history.
The 2018-19 budget, adopted by the council last night, included $46.3 million as the City’s contribution towards the broader Kings Square Renewal project, which includes the development of a new library, civic and community centre, upgrade of public spaces by the City and the redevelopment of the former Myer building, Queensgate building and Queensgate carpark by project partner Sirona Capital.
The 2018-19 budget also includes $920,000 for the roll-out of the new FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) waste management system, and $2.8 million to construct the new Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre.
Residential rates will rise by a modest average of 2.9 per cent, which includes a 2 per cent increase to partly fund the costs of implementing the FOGO system, including the purchase of new FOGO bins.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said this year’s budget was delivering the transformative investment that will drive Fremantle into the future, while also maintaining service delivery and keeping rate rises to a minimum.
“After years in planning and preparation, this year will see the Kings Square Renewal project really ramp up, with the bulk of the construction of the new buildings taking place,” Mayor Pettitt said.
“This is truly a once-in-a-generation project, which will completely revitalise Fremantle’s civic heart, attract thousands of new workers and residents and be the catalyst for millions of dollars of further investment.
“The FOGO roll-out will put us on track to meet our One Planet target of a 70 per cent community recycling rate by 2020, while also protecting us from long-term increases landfill costs, and the Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre will be a brilliant new facility that all Fremantle residents can enjoy.
“It’s a significant achievement that the City has been able to deliver this unprecedented level of investment and keep rate increases low, despite the substantial increases in costs through state government charges like power and water.”
The 2.9 per cent average rate increase is the second lowest since 2000. The lowest was last year’s increase of 1.5 per cent.
Total budget expenditure is $150.1 million, comprised of $57.7 million in capital expenditure, $90.7 million in operating expenditure and $1.7m in loan repayments.
Other budget highlights include:
- $2.5 million road improvement and maintenance program
- $743,000 for more CCTV
- $506,000 to refurbish Cantonment Hill Naval Store
- $280,000 for further upgrades to South Terrace
- $250,000 for internal restoration works at the Town Hall
- $110,000 to upgrade the Esplanade Youth Plaza
- $115,000 on new play equipment
- $25,000 to prepare concept plans for Fremantle Station city square and Queen Street upgrades.
For more detailed information on the key projects/initiatives visit the agendas and minutes page.
For the budget and fees and charges visit the strategic and key documents page.
2018-2019 Rating Information
Click here to view the 2018-2019 budget and rates booklet.
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- Rates table 2018-2019
- Objects and reasons for differential rates
- Specified area rates
- Waste charges
- State government emergency services levy
- Objections and appeal provisions
- Interim rates
Differential rates 2018/2019
Rate in $
Commercial and industrial general
City centre commercial
Commercial and industrial vacant
Residential Short Term Accommodation
|Residential vacant||$1 279||0.115289|
The City of Fremantle will for the 2018-2019 financial period adopt seven differential rates, namely residential improved, commercial and industrial general, vacant commercial and industrial, city centre commercial, nightclubs, vacant residential land and residential short term accommodation. The source of each differential rate is:
Click here to view the 2018-2019 objects and reasons for differential rates booklet or refer below:-
Residential improved (GRV)
The residential improved differential came into effect on the 1st July 2015 as the triennial revaluation of the 1st July 2014 resulted in a large variation between different property categories. Such large variations made it very difficult to manage the general rate and waste increase across various parts of the community. To alleviate a substantial rate burden being placed on residential properties the City adopted a differential rate structure that separated differential rates being applied to commercial/industrial properties and residential properties.
Commercial and industrial general (GRV)
The commercial and industrial differential applies to all commercial and industrial properties that are not specifically covered by the city centre commercial differential rate, nightclubs differential rate, and vacant commercial and industrial differential rate.
Commercial and industrial vacant (GRV)
The city considers the development of vacant commercial and industrial rateable land in the best interests of the community therefore has set a differential higher than that which applies to developed commercial and industrial properties.
City centre commercial (GRV)
The City Centre Commercial Differential Rate is applicable to all commercial properties located within the boundaries of the City Centre zone and the abutting Metropolitan Regional reserves being areas bounded by Parry Street, Norfolk Street and including those properties located in Fremantle Fishing Boat and Challenger Harbours and on Victoria Quay.(Refer City Centre Commercial Differential Rate Map)
On 24 April 2012 council, on the recommendation of the steering group, resolved to support the establishment of a Fremantle CBD business improvement project through a funding and performance agreement between the City of Fremantle and a business improvement district entity, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
The funding of the business improvement district (BID) entity is $315,000 indexed at 2.5% annually from 2012/2013 and is raised in addition to what the Commercial properties within the CBD area would pay under the Commercial and Industrial General differential rate.
For the 2018-2019 financial period it is estimated an additional $369,668 will be raised from this differential rate compared to what would have been raised from the commercial and industrial general rate.
Nightclubs that operate to the early hours of the morning present numerous challenges to the community and Council in the level of resources that are required to maintain the amenities of the area where the nightclubs are located and deal with the behaviour of the nightclub patrons both prior to arrival and on departure from the clubs. These issues cover: - noise complaints, vandalism, increased street sweeping and cleaning costs, unsociable behaviour, facilitating safe access to public transport and taxis for all visitors to the city including nightclub patrons and CCTV surveillance.
Due the increased costs directly and indirectly linked to the operation of these premises, Council is setting a differential rate so that nightclubs that remain open after 2.00am make an additional contribution towards those costs.
Vacant Residential Land
Under the Valuation of Land Act 1978 (VLA) land for which an active rental market doesn’t exist is required to be valued on a prescribed percentage of capital value. Up until the 1st July 2011 the prescribed percentage was set at 5% however following numerous concerns from owners of vacant residential land that their GRV’s were higher than neighbouring improved properties, Landgate Property and Valuation Services applied a new rate of 3% on residential vacant land.
For commercial and industrial vacant land a 5% prescribed percentage capital value rate remains. As the City considers the development of all vacant rateable land to be in the best interests of the community and that all vacant land should be rated using the same prescribed percentage capital value rate, this differential rate was introduced so that vacant residential land equates to a 5% prescribed percentage rate.
Residential Short Term Accommodation
The residential short term accommodation is to be applied to land zoned residential where a purpose for which the land is held or used is short term accommodation.
This differential rate is to ensure the owners of residential land wholly or partly used for the commercial purpose of short term accommodation contribute to the provision of services and facilities that may be associated with such commercial use.
Changes to differential general rate & minimum payment after advertising
The following differential rate category has changed from the proposed minimum payment to be levied and the advertised minimum payment:
A reduction in the minimum payment of $18, from $1,297 to $1,279 was adopted to ensure the general minimum is imposed on not less than 50% of the number of properties in each category in accordance with section 6.35(3) of the Local Government Act 1995.
Section 6.37(1) of the Local Government Act 1995 states that:
(1) A local government may impose a specified area rate on rateable land within a portion of its district for the purpose of meeting the cost of the provision by it of a specific work, service or facility if the local government considers that the ratepayers or residents within that area —
(a) have benefited or will benefit from; or
(b) have access to or will have access to; or
(c) contributed or will contribute to the need for,
that work, service or facility.
The City currently levies two specified area rates, being:
CBD Security Levy: a safety and security strategy for a specified area of the Fremantle CBD that is bounded by Parry Street, South Terrace, Suffolk Street, Fishing Boat Harbour (West of Mews Road) and along the coast to Bathers Beach, Fleet Street, Phillimore Street and Elder Place. A proposed rate in the dollar of $0.001051 will apply for the 2018-2019 financial year.
Leighton Precinct Maintenance Levy: to fund the above normal costs associated with maintaining the higher standard of landscaping of the Leighton residential area. A proposed rate in the dollar of $0.004933 will apply for the 2018-2019 financial year.
With the exception of residential rate exempt properties the City includes the waste charge applicable to a single standard service collection within each property’s rate levy. Residential properties that are rate exempt properties will incur a separate waste charge. The 2018-2019 charge is $502.20
The emergency services levy (ESL) is a compulsory State Government levy which is forwarded to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) to fund services such as fire and rescue services, bush fire brigades and state emergency services throughout Western Australia. The State Government has determined that the amount of ESL raised for the 2018-2019 financial period will require an average 9.14 % increase. For further information please click here , refer to the DFES website at www.dfes.wa.gov.au/emergencyserviceslevy/pages/default.aspx or call 1300 136 099.
An objection to the rate record must be made in writing to the City WITHIN 42 DAYS of the date of issue of an annual or interim (not instalment) rate notice.
The lodgement of an objection/appeal does not alleviate a property owner’s responsibility or liability to meet a rate payment by its due date. Where a revaluation results in a reduction in a rating assessment then any overpayment will be refunded.
Triennial Gross Rental Value Revaluation
Every 3 years all Gross Rental Values (GRV’s) are revalued by Landgate as at a date set by the Valuer General, referred to as the date of Valuation. The Date of Valuation for GRV revaluations that will be effective from the 1st July 2017 was the 1st August 2015. To obtain further information regarding the revaluation processes please visit Landgate at www.landgate.wa.gov.au or by calling (08) 9273 7373.
The City may be required to issue interim rates during the course of a financial year for various reasons, some of which are:
- completion of a new building or structure
- alteration or addition to or demolition of an existing building or structure
- variation to land due to either amalgamation or subdivision/strata titling
- an error in valuation or rating of a property or
- subsequent revaluation of a property.
In accordance with section 6.39 of the Local Government Act 1995, the City may amend the rate record for the current and/or the five (5) preceding years.
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