City of Fremantle budget passed with 2.9 per cent rate increase

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CITY of Fremantle councillors have passed the 2018/2019 budget with a 2.9 per cent rate increase.

The City has earmarked a 0.9 per cent increase for general rates and an additional two per cent increase to fund the implementation of the Food Organics Green Organics (FOGO) bin system.

This is the second lowest rates increase since 2000.

Officers in Fremantle are expecting a budget surplus of $75,000.

Other highlights from the budget included $743,000 for more CCTV, a $506,000 refurbishment of Cantonment Hill Naval Stall, $115,000 on new play equipment and $2.5 million for road improvement and maintenance program.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the budget maintained service delivery while keeping rate rises to a minimum.

“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,” he said.

“The Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre will be a brilliant new facility that all Fremantle residents can enjoy.”