How Are Rates Calculated?
Rates and charges are levied on a financial year basis 1 July to 30 June. The original notice which advises of all annual rates and charges is issued in July.
Rates are calculated on the land valuation of a property which is then multiplied by a 'rate in the dollar'. The land value is provided to Council by the Valuer-General, a State Government authority. The total amount of money Council can receive from Rates is "pegged" by the State Government. Each year the Minister for Local Government approves a maximum % increase in the total money Council can receive from rates.
In addition to Land Rates for residential properties, a Domestic Waste Management Charges is payable for Council to provide garbage and recycling services.