Rates revenue represents a significant percentage of the Town’s operating income each year, and is an important income stream in terms of the Town’s financial flexibility.
General rates revenue supports a broad range of Municipal infrastructure and services, including building control; animal control; community services; active and passive open space; roads, bridges, footpaths and drainage; libraries; youth centres; swimming pools; community events; town planning; governance and corporate support; cemeteries; emergency management; public conveniences; economic development; and tourism and regional promotion. Rates are also used to service debt.
Rates do represent a high proportion of the Town’s annual income, and our annual planning processes will continue to assess the community’s capacity and willingness to pay rates. However we will first always seek to maximise alternative revenue streams such as grant funding, and user pays fees and charges.
Our 2016/17 budget is centred on achieving efficiencies while maintaining service levels, reducing risk and continuously improving our business.
The Town's Rating Strategy was endorsed by Council at the Special Council Meeting on 29 June 2016 and 2016/17 rates were issued via email on Friday 26 August, and mail outs will reach letterboxes on the week commencing 12 September 2016. Download our 2016/17 Rates brochure here.
The following rating principles proposed in this Statement of Rating Objects and Reasons for the 2016/17 rating year can be found here.
The Town is giving all ratepayers the chance to win their rates payment back, to a maximum of $500 per ratepayer! Five winners will be drawn at the October Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday 26 October. Winners will be contacted via phone or email shortly after that. To enter, simply pay your rates in full by Monday 17 October, 5pm (WST) and you'll automatically go into the draw! Visit the Rates Incentive Program page to view the full terms and conditions.
Due Dates for Rates
There are two payment options you may choose.
Option 1 – Payment in Full
Ratepayers who choose option one must have their rates paid in full by 17 October 2016.
Option 2 – Payment by instalments
Ratepayers who choose option two pay their rates in four instalments.
26 August 2016 (email)
week commencing 12 September 2016 (direct mail)
|Full Payment/First Instalment Due:
||17 October 2016
|Second Instalment Due:
||30 December 2016
|Third Instalment Due:
||6 March 2017
|Fourth Instalment Due:
||8 May 2017
You can enter a direct debit arrangement for an agreed amount on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. Direct debit arrangements must be confirmed in writing and attract an administration fee.
Please contact the Rates Officer prior to 17 October 2016 to request a Direct Debit request form. Note dishonoured payments attract a penalty fee.
To provide special relief for ratepayers, no late payment interest penalty will apply for arrangements entered into that are paid in full by the direct debit method by 30 June 2017.
Please contact the Rates Department to request a Direct Debit request form, or download a copy from here.
Can I have my rates notices emailed to me?
Yes, you can. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to update your records for future correspondence or to request a copy.
If you haven’t already received your rates notice or instalment reminder, please contact us on 9158 9300.