Rate Increases for 2017/18
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory
Tribunal (IPART) have approved an increase of 1.5% rate peg for the general
rates (income generated by ordinary rates) for 2017/18.
Council is in the process of determining the rate
structure for 2017/18 using the new land valuations issued by NSW Valuer
General. Once determined the rate
structure will form part of the Council Operational Plan for 2017/18 and will
be on display for comment.
As part of the previous permanent rate
increases Council will continue to freeze the water and sewer annual charges,
as well as reduce the increase in water and sewer usage charges and reduce the
inspection fees on onsite septic systems in rural areas for 2017/18.
If you do experience difficulties in meeting
rate bill commitments – please do not hesitate to contact Council staff, as we
are always willing to work with ratepayers experiencing financial difficulties.
New Land Valuations for 2017/18
new land valuations also have an effect on your land rates? The answer to this is ‘Yes’.
property’s land valuation is only used in the determination of the ordinary
rate and environmental special rates (levy) on your rate notice. Other charges on your rate notice – for
stormwater, waste, water, sewerage services etc. – are not based on land
values. This means that the valuation
changes won’t affect these changes.
It is also
important to understand that changes in valuations don’t change the total
amount of general income (income from ordinary rates) that Council is allowed
to raise each year. This total is
restricted by rate pegging legislation and any approved special rate
rates are based largely on land values, changes in individual land values can
affect the amount of ordinary rate and environmental levy applicable to
individual properties. In simple terms
the land valuations determines a property’s ‘share’ of the total rate funding
that Council can generate. When new
values are set, the size of these ‘shares’ can change because some land
valuations will increase or decrease compared to others.
land valuation process in conducted independently from Council, we are legally
required to use the new land values to calculate the ordinary rate and environmental
levy for individual properties from 1 July 2017.
Fire and Emergency Services Levy
From 1 July 2017, the NSW
Government will abolish the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) on insurance policies
and replace it with a Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) paid alongside
The Local Government Act states that all rateable land must be categorised into one of four rating categories (Residential, Business, Farmland or Mining) and the Council must give notice of this category. Your rating category is displayed on your rate notice.
These categories are purely for rating purposes and are not necessarily related to zoning or location. If you disagree with your rating category, application for a review of your rating category may be obtained by contacting Council on (02) 6648 4000.
Other Rate Charges
In addition to ordinary rates, Councils can levy a ‘charge’ whereby the amount charged must relate to the service or benefit provided to the property. These charges can relate to water, sewerage, storm water and waste services and unlike ordinary rates are not subject to rate pegging restrictions.
Further Information Contacts
Further information on local government rating can be found at Office of Local Government or on the back of your rate notice.
Please contact Council on (02) 6648 4000 if you have further questions, or e-mail all rate and water account enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org