The 2017-18 budget includes a 1.9% increase which while never welcome is less than many other local governments have imposed.
Rates are based on a Gross Rental Value which is calculated by Landgate and reviewed every three years, including this year. For this reason some properties’ rates bill will increase by more than the percentage increase imposed by council and others have decreased, depending on the fluctuation of property prices.
The state government has has reduced the rebate for seniors and pensioners. However unlike some of our neighbouring councils, Fremantle does not charge a separate levy for waste and recycling but combines it in the overall rates bill. This means the pensioner rebate applies to the whole amount.