Rates and Valuations
All Councils in Australia charge rates.
Rates are a "tax" on properties, to provide Council with money for operating costs for a broad range of services, programs, facilities and infrastructure. This includes parks and playgrounds, environmental management, roads, footpaths, fire prevention, plant control, libraries, halls, public buildings, street cleaning, animal management, local laws, bridges, street lighting, parking and immunisation.
A detailed list of Council’s operating costs are presented in the Annual Budget. Printed copies are also available for viewing at Council Business Centres.