Rate Increases for 2014/2015
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has approved a one-year (permanent) rate increase to Council’s ‘General Income’ - the income from ordinary and special rates - of 7.90% for 2014/2015.
This increase includes the 2014/2015 annual rate pegging increase of 2.30%.
The rate increase of 5.60% above the pegging limit will generate further general income of approximately $2 million a year which will be spent entirely on additional community asset maintenance and renewal - for example, roads, playgrounds, sports-grounds and public buildings.
The 7.90% increase does not apply to other annual rate charges (such as waste, sewer, water or storm water) which are not regulated by rate pegging, but are based on recovering the cost of providing those particular services. Water and sewer charges for 2014/2015 have increased by approximately 3% while waste charges have increased by approximately 6%.
Council also sought approval from IPART for an increase in General Income of 8.14% for 2015/2016 and 7.75% for 2016/2017. This was not approved, but IPART made clear that Council had provided a clear case for the need for additional funding for community asset maintenance and renewal.
In simple terms, with a 7.90% increase in ‘General Income’ for 2014/2015, the ‘average’ residential property can expect a total rates and charges increase (including all annual service and usage charges) of approximately $155.29 per annum (or $2.99 per week), which is a 5% increase from 2013/2014.
All rateable land is subject to an ordinary rate. The land value of your property is one of the major factors in the determination of the ordinary rate you pay. Your land value is supplied to Council by the State Government (Valuer General’s Office) with new values provided every three years.
The amount of rates levied is also determined by the rating categorisation of your property.
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’s Rate Section on (02) 6648 4444.
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 Division of Local Government or on the back of your rate notice.
If you would like to contact Council in regards to an account enquiry please use the following details:
· For Rate Account enquiries please phone (02) 6648 4444 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm)
· For Water Account enquiries please phone (02) 6648 4333 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm)
· Please e-mail all rate and water account enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org