How Rates are Calculated

The application of general rates is based solely on the valuation of a property. Properties with greater improvements pay considerably more rates than those with little or no improvements. Council multiplies the Capital Improved Valuation of the property by a rate in the dollar, which is set as part of its annual budgetary process.

Rates for 2013/2014

General rate (includes residential, commercial, industrial and rural non-farm)

0.006738 cents per $ of Capital Improved Valuation

Farm Land Rates

The Farm Land rate for 2013/2014 is 35% lower than the uniform General Rate. The criteria for application of the Farm Land rate includes the size of the property and the use of the land.

For 2013/14 the farm land rate is 0.00438 cents per $ of Capital improved Valuation.

To download a Farm Land application Click here >>>

Other charges

In addition to your General Rates, the following charges will apply:

Municipal Charge $ 132.00

and one of the following garbage charges may apply:-

120 Litre Garbage Removal Charge $ 235.00
Additional Garbage Services $135.00 per service
Recycling Charge $ 135.00

For more information regarding Council's waste management services visit our Waste Management page

Single Farm Enterprise

Where multiple parcels of farm land are used to operate a single farming enterprise, a person may only be required to pay Council's Municipal Charge and the Fire Services Property Levy fixed charge once by applying for a Single Farm Enterprise exemption.

Application forms can be obtained from Council Offices or you can download a copy of the Single Farm Enterprise Application form Click here >>

Municipal Charge

The Municipal Charge recoups and covers some of council's administrative costs and is a flat fee for all properties regardless of your property valuation. Exemption from payment of the municipal charge is available for farming properties who meet the following criteria:-

  • The property must be classified as farm land
  • The property must form part of a single farm enterprise
  • The property must be occupied by the same person/s.

However, a Municipal charge must be paid on at least one of the properties that form part of the single farming enterprise, and in circumstances where the property has multiple occupied residences, may be payable more than once.

To download a single farm enterprise application form Click here >>>

Garbage Charge Exemption

An exemption from payment of garbage and/or recycling charges may be granted to commercial businesses that have private garbage and/or recycling collection by a commercial contractor. Any business applying for exemption must produce to Council a current receipt from the Commercial contractor. Applications for exemption must be made annually.

To download a copy of a Commercial Garbage or Recycling form Click here >>>


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