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About Council Rates

Rates cover the financial year from 1 July to 30 June and are generally issued by mid August. GST is not applicable to Council rates.

 

How are rates calculated?

Rates are based on the capital improved value (CIV) of each property calculated by the rate in the dollar (set annually by Council) together with a base component being the Municipal Charge.  The Council currently uses a differential rating system. This means there is a different rate in the dollar assessed for each different property type or category. Information on Council's differential rate definitions, objectives and rates can be located in "Appendix B : Statutory Disclosures" section of the Annual Budget. Below are details of the rating structure for the 2013-2014 rating period.

 

General Rate

0.00349712 rate in the dollar;
plus $234.00 municipal charge;
plus $250.00 waste charge including green waste per service (where applicable); or,
        $217.00 waste charge excluding green waste per service (where applicable).

 

Farm Rate

0.00314741 rate in the dollar;
plus $234.00 municipal charge (unless exempt);

plus $250.00 waste charge including green waste per service (where applicable); or,
        $217.00 waste charge excluding green waste per service (where applicable).

 

Commercial/Industrial Rate

0.00507083 rate in the dollar;
plus $234.00 municipal charge.
Waste Service is not available to commercial/ industrial properties.

 

Council uses revenue from rates to fund services within the shire. The annual Council Budget sets a rate-in-the-dollar value, which is multiplied by the Capital Improved Value (CIV) of your property to determine your rates.

 

What do I get for my rates?

Your rates help to fund a wide range of services including libraries, community centres, kindergartens, school crossings, playgrounds, sports grounds, skate parks, health programs, immunisations, recreation centres, swimming pools, public toilets, animal control, mosquito control, planning and building, the Livestock Exchange, aerodromes, boat ramps, jetties, marinas, roads, bridges, footpaths, street lighting, the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, grants to the community, food safety, waste collection and management, events, festivals, tourism promotion, and Meals on Wheels.

 

The Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL)

From 1 July 2013, the Fire Services Levy will be removed from insurance premiums and replaced by a property-based levy collected with council rates known as the Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL).  The introduction of the property based levy in place of the previous insurance based levy is a key recommendation of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, and Councils have been mandated to collect the levy on behalf of the State Government.  Victorian Councils are the collection agency only and all monies collected through this process are passed on directly to the State Government.  

More information on the Levy is available at www.firelevy.vic.gov.au.  

Council have also created an information booklet to assist you in understanding the Levy:

"The Fire Services Property Levy At A Glance"

 

Fire Services Property Levy

 

The Victorian Government has also established the Fire Services Levy Monitor to ensure insurance policy holders are protected.  The Monitor investigates complaints regarding the insurance-based levy and monitors the industry to ensure that insurers genuinely pass on the savings as a result of the levy being removed from insurance premiums.

From 1 July, if you have any issues regarding the insurance based levy not being removed from your insurance policy,  please contact the monitor on 1300 300 635 or www.firelevymonitor.vic.gov.au.

 

 

http://www.firelevy.vic.gov.au

http://www.firelevy.vic.gov.au/

 

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