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Rates & Charges

Rates and charges are annual payments made by property owners to help Council meet the costs of providing services and maintaining assets on behalf of the community. The rates and charges are determined through the Annual Budget.

Charges & Levies

Council has declared the rates and charges in six parts:

  1. General Rates;
  2. Municipal Charge;
  3. Garbage Charge;
  4. Recycling Charge;
  5. Organic Waste Service; and 
  6. Environmental Levy.

General Rates

The general rate charge is different for every property as it is calculated using the value of individual properties. General rate revenue is used to provide council services, maintenance and capital expenditure programs.

Municipal Charge 

The municipal charge is the same set rate for every property in the shire. The municipal charge revenue helps fund governance related services and helps spread the cost of providing Council services across all property owners.

Ratepayers can apply to Council for an exemption of the municipal charge following these conditions:

  • The person/s must have more than one rate assessment;
  • The properties must be a single farm enterprise;
  • The properties must be occupied by the same person/s for the purposes of managing/running a single farm enterprise;
  • The property must be in excess of two hectares; and 
  • The property must contain only one residence.

If you are satisfied that all of the above conditions apply to your situation, an application form can be obtained by contacting the Council.  Applications must be lodged before 31 January each year.

Single Farm Enterprise - Exemption

Where a single farm enterprise is conducted on several farm properties, only one Municipal Charge and one fixed charge component of the Fire Services Property Levy is payable for that farm enterprise. There must be no more than one property containing a principal place of residence within the single farm enterprise. Further conditions apply.

To apply for the single farm enterprise exemption, please complete and return the Single Farm Enterprise Exemption Application Form.

Environmental Levy

Revenue from the environment levy is used to meet the significant and growing costs of providing a range of waste management services (not including kerbside recycling and garbage collection). Council believes all ratepayers should contribute to these costs because everyone benefits from having access to landfill and transfer stations.

Farming enterprises may apply for an exemption of the Environmental Levy. Please complete the Single Farm Enterprise Exemption Application Form above.

Garbage, Recycling and Organic Waste Collection

Garbage, recycling and organic waste charges only apply to properties with access to a domestic kerbside collection service. The charges fully fund the cost of the collection and disposal of the waste. For more information please visit the Waste Management section of this website.

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