Rates

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Payment of Rates by Instalments

Rates may be paid by four instalments at bi-monthly intervals. Details of the amounts due and payment dates are included on the first rate notice issued during the year for your consideration.

 

Pensioners/Seniors Rebates

Pensioners/Seniors who own a property or have a right to reside at the property under the terms of a will may be entitled to rebates as follows:

  • Seniors Card                                                                                        up to 25%
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and Seniors Card                 up to 50%
  • Pensioner Concession Card or a State Concession Card                up to 50%.

Further information is available from the Council office on (08) 9384 1633 or use the Contact Us form.
 

Deferment

Upon written request eligible pensioners may defer the payment of rates.

 

Financial Hardship

If you are unable to pay the rates by the due date please advise Council on (08) 9384 1633 or us the Contact Us form so that alternative arrangements can be made.

An application must be in writing and should be made as soon as possible after receiving your rate notice.


Penalty for Late Payment

With the exception of eligible pensioners, interest will be charged on all overdue accounts calculated daily at the rate of 11% per annum.


Notice of Sale of Land

Within 21 days of disposal, notice must be given in writing to the Council whenever any person sells or otherwise disposes of any rateable land, advising of the description of the land and the name and address of the purchaser.

Any person failing to comply with the foregoing shall continue to be liable for all rates and charges accruing upon such land in the same manner as if that person is still the owner thereof.


Issuing of Valuations by the Valuer General

As required under the Valuation of Land Act the Valuer General's Office supplies each local government with updated valuations for their district. The valuations are reviewed by the Valuer General each three years.

All property valuations for rating and taxing purposes are calculated by the Valuer General's Office. His office is staffed by qualified valuers who use a uniform system of valuing to ensure that similar valuation principles apply to all situations.

The Valuer General's Office also provides local governments with interim values at times between revaluation years. Interim values are issued when the nature of a property changes; for example, when a property is subdivided, zoned for another use, improvements are made to the property or following the demolition of a building.

When interim values are received by local governments they are required to issue new rate assessments effective from the date of the change in use as determined by the Valuer General. These may result in a rate increase or decrease for the balance of the year, depending on the nature of the change.

To preserve rate relativities, all valuations within a district are based on the same year. Accordingly, interim values are determined by assuming that the new use of the property existed at the time of the last revaluation.

The above is a simplified description of how the valuation system works. The system is complex and further information on this subject can be obtained from the Valuer General's Office on (08) 9429 8400 or at their website http://www.landgate.wa.gov.au/corporate.nsf


Gross Rental Values

The term gross rental value (GRV) is defined in the Valuation of Land Act. In simple terms, the gross rental value is the annual rental that a property could be expected to realise (on the condition that the landlord is liable for rates, taxes, insurance and other ongoings necessary to maintain the value of the land):

eg. for a property with a net weekly rental of $700.00
$700 x 52 weeks in the year =
$36,400 (gross rental value)


Objections and Appeals against Valuations

Appeals against valuations must be made to the Valuer General on (08) 9429 8400 within 60 days of the receipt of the rate notice.

Official forms and information are available at the Council Office or at http://www.landgate.wa.gov.au/corporate.nsf

Rates must be paid in full, and adjustment if required, is made after the result of the appeal has been determined.

 

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