Rates are a property-based tax, not a direct user charge for services received. Councils have a responsibility to provide access to services and infrastructure for the public benefit of all. The choice not to use Council services or infrastructure does not remove the obligation on property owners to pay their share of rates.
Rates and charges assist in providing a range of services, including road construction and maintenance, recreation and community facilities, libraries, swimming pools, parks and gardens, children and family services, waste management services, town planning, community safety services, environmental health, economic development and tourism, communications and customer services.
Rates and charges are determined through the Annual Budget.
Your rates and charges generally consist of the following items:
- A General Rate, which is calculated by multiplying the Capital Improved Value (CIV) of your property by the rate in the dollar for that property’s rating classification;
- A Municipal Charge;
- An Environmental Levy;
- A kerbside general collection service per service;
- A kerbside recycling collection service per service;
- A kerbside organics collection service per service;
- Fire Services Property Levy – Fixed Charge; and
- Fire Services Property Levy – Variable Charge.