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What do I get for my rates?
Infrastructure and Property Services, Recreation Facilities, Health Services, Environmental Services, Community Services, Building Services, Planning and Development Approval, Facilities.
What are the rates Categories?
Categorisation of all rateable land in the Council area has been undertaken in accordance with the requirements of chapter 15 of the Local Government Act 1993. There are 4 categories of an ordinary rate and 4 categories of rateable land. Council has used the following four categories for the general rate and for rateable land: • Residential • Farmland • Business • Mining
If the valuation on my property goes up, will my rates increase?
Higher valuations do not increase total council rate collection as the state government uses rate pegging which limits the rate rises. New valuations result in some ratepayers paying more while others pay less.
What can I do if I don’t agree with the category for my property?
Categories are important, because rates differ depending on the category of the land. If your land is categorised as business, you may pay a higher rate per dollar of land value than if you land is categorised as residential.
Who decides the valuation of my land?
Valuer-General - call 1800 110 038 or visit http://www.lpi.nsw.gov.au
What Land is exempt from Rates?
The Certain land is exempt from rating (referred to as Non-Rateable Land). In order to be eligible for exemption from rating (Non-Rateable Land) your parcel of land must be one of the following categories, as stipulated in the Local Government Act 1993, they include: • Churches • Minister’s residence • Schools • Public Land • Hospitals • Land owned and used by Public Charities and another land in the provision of Section 555 of the Local Government Act, 1993.
Do I get a reduction on rates when paying in full?
No – The rates that are levied are not reduced when paid in full.
When and where are the rates advertised?
Councils Delivery Plan and Operational Plan including the Revenue Policy and the Fees and Charges are usually advertised around April in the local newspapers and on Council’s website. View Council Operational Plan for full details of the Revenue Policy. These document can view on the Community Strategic Plan page.
Why do I have to pay interest on late payments?
If an instalment is not paid on or before the due date, the instalment will become overdue and is subject to interest, calculated daily. The interest rate is set by the Minister for Local Government and is currently calculated at 9%p.a. This is in accordance with Section 566 of the Local Government Act 1993.
What does ‘ad valorem’ mean?
Ad valorem is an amount paid against the dollar value of your land. Commonly this is only a fraction of a single cent for each dollar of land value.
When are my rates due?
The full amount needs to paid by August 31. Or you can pay by instalment. Instalments are paid by the following dates: • Instalment 1: August 31 • Instalment 2: November 30 • Instalment 3: February 28 • Instalment 4: May 31 Payments can be made in several ways, visit Pay my rates for more information.
Are my rates subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST)?
Ordinary rates, special rates, water charges, sewerage charges, stormwater charges and waste management charges are exempt from GST because of the determination by the Federal Treasurer.