Review of Rating: Proposed New Rating Structure

The Public Exhibition period for your comments and submissions on the Rating Review has been extended until 5pm Friday 6 May 2011.

Council is in the process of reviewing its existing Rating Structure (ie. the system used to calculate the rates payable for Residential, Business and Farmland properties) and is proposing a new rating structure, commencing 2011-2012, that is:

  • A simpler structure; and
  • A fairer and more equitable structure overall, with all ratepayers paying their fair share.

Importantly, the proposed changes will not increase the Council's revenue from rates (this can only be increasedContinue reading

The Public Exhibition period for your comments and submissions on the Rating Review has been extended until 5pm Friday 6 May 2011.

Council is in the process of reviewing its existing Rating Structure (ie. the system used to calculate the rates payable for Residential, Business and Farmland properties) and is proposing a new rating structure, commencing 2011-2012, that is:

  • A simpler structure; and
  • A fairer and more equitable structure overall, with all ratepayers paying their fair share.

Importantly, the proposed changes will not increase the Council's revenue from rates (this can only be increased by a set amount each year as directed by the Independent Pricing & Regulatory Tribunal of NSW). The proposed changes only affect how rates are calculated and distributed across the City. This review is required to be undertaken by Council to ensure ongoing compliance with the Local Government Act 1993.

Council is inviting your views on the proposed changes to the rating structure, including:

  • The categories and sub-categories in which properties will be categorised
  • The method for calculating rates
  • The proportion of rates paid by Residential, Business and Farmland categories and the sub-categories within the Residential category.

A Public Exhibition of the proposed new structure will be held from 25 March to 6 May 2011 with submissions on the proposal accepted until 5pm Friday, 6 May 2011. The Council encourages comments on the proposed new rating structure which, if adopted, will be the basis of your rates into the future.

Even if the proposed changes mean that your rates will decrease (as many rates will) and you agree with the proposal, it is important to let the Council know you agree so that this view point is taken into equal consideration. 

Following the public exhibition process, the Council will consider the submissions received and only then will decide on whether or not to adopt the proposal.

Further information about the proposed new rating structure is available in the FAQ and supporting documents which can be accessed at the right of this page.

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