Rating Strategy

We have developed a rating strategy that determines how rates income will be generated to help fund Council’s community infrastructure and service obligations.

We are committed to having a rating strategy that meets the tests of equity, efficiency and simplicity.

The Rating Strategy outlines the differential rates Council uses to ensure the equitable imposition of rates and charges.

Rates are calculated based on property valuations in accordance with our Rating Strategy 2016-2017 and the Local Government Act 1989.

Differential Rates

We use the capital improved value of your property to calculate rates.

Differential rates allow us to make choices about the tax treatment of different property groups.

We have set the following differential rates for 2016/17.

Differential

Cents in $CIV

Weighting

General

0.7185

Base rate

Commercial

1.1496

1.6 times base rate in dollar

Industrial

0.9341

1.3 times base rate in  dollar

Farm

0.3952

0.55 times base rate in dollar

If you have residential house that has a Capital Improved Valued of $200,000 you will pay $1,437 general rates - $200,000 x 0.007185 = $1,437.

If you have a commercial property that has a Capital Improved Valued of $200,000 you will pay $2,299.20 commercial rates - $200,000 x 0.011496 = $2,299.20 (1.6 times the residential rates)

If you have an industrial property that has a Capital Improved Valued of $200,000 you will pay $1,868.20 industrial  rates - $200,000 x 0.009341 = $1,868.20 (1.3 times the residential rates)

If you have a farm property that has a Capital Improved Valued of $200,000 you will pay $790.40 farm rates - $200,000 x 0.003952 = $790.40 (0.55 times the general rates)

Other charges like municipal charges, waste & recycle collection charges and the fire services levy may also apply.

You can also use our rates calculator to calculate your rates, based on your property's capital improved value.

For details on the proposed rating differential changes for 2017, click here.