BUDGET 2020/21 FAQs
Q. Why is the budget important?
The 2020/21 Budget seeks to maintain Council’s focus to protecting our natural and built environment; and preserving Mosman Park’s unique individuality – between River and Sea.
COVID-19 has had an impact on all of us; and in this context the 2020/21 budget sees no increase in rates revenue but strives to maintain the services our community values.
Q. How does Council provide for a financially sound budget?
When developing the 2020/21 Budget Council applied the following guiding Key Principles:
1. Recurring income must exceed recurring expenditure.
2. Each of the Town’s service delivery activities is to be cost and quality competitive.
3. Asset renewal must have a higher priority than the creation of new assets.
4. Identify new income-producing opportunities.
5. Maintain benchmark results against key performance indicators (financial ratios).
6. Consideration of a reserve funding strategy.
Q. Who pays local government rates and why?
Generally, rates are paid by the owners of residential and commercial properties located in the Town of Mosman Park. Some exemptions apply as per the Local Government Act, 1995. These funds enable the Town to deliver more than 100 services and programs to the community, such as maintenance of parks and reserves, roads, footpaths, health, waste, planning, rangers, and community recreational facilities.
Annual Rates Notices are issued by the Town of Mosman Park early in the financial year and are due at least 35 days from the date of issue.
Q. How are rates calculated?
The amount of money you pay in rates each year is calculated by multiplying a property’s Gross Rental Value (GRV) by a rate in the dollar calculated by the Town of Mosman Park.
(Your rates = GRV x rate in dollar)
GRVs are determined by the state government body Landgate. It is an estimate of how much you would expect to receive if you were to rent your property.
Each year, the Town sets a minimum charge based on the basic services provided by Council. If the calculation of the GRV by the rate in the dollar results in an amount less than the minimum charge, then the minimum charge will be raised.
The below rate in the dollar and minimum payments were agreed by the Town for 2020/21.
Rate in the dollar $0.07206 (2019/20 $0.068011)
Minimum rate $907 (2019/20 $907)
Q. How does Council determine the Rate in the Dollar?
As part of the yearly budget process, the Town determines the Rate in the Dollar by dividing the total amount of money to be raised in general rates by the total value of all ratable properties. The resulting figure is the Rate in the Dollar. For the 2020/21 financial year the Town maintained the rates yield the same as 2019/20 as part of its COVID19 recovery and relief package.
Q. Why are my rates different from 2019/20?
Every three years a revaluation of properties is done across the Perth Metropolitan area. The Valuer General provides this GRV valuation for each property and this is used to calculate your rates.
Your rates will vary - depending on where your valuation change sits across the average change for the Town.
Q. Why don’t rates go down when there is a drop in property market?
This is because your rates are not directly linked to movements in the property market – only the value of your property in comparison with your neighbours. Using the Town’s budget as the starting point for setting the amount of rates required, protects ratepayers from increases that are not directly aligned with the provision of services.
Q. What is the Rates freeze that Local Governments are talking about?
The rates freeze adopted by many Councils in response to COVID-19 is about not increasing the total amount of rates revenue received by Local Governments. The intent of the rates freeze was to help provide ratepayers with financial certainty – in effect one less surprise in what is a difficult time for many.
However, the periodic system of revaluations of properties undertaken by the Valuer General will result in some ratepayers paying more and some less than last year – while the revenue to Local Governments remains unchanged.
Watch the WALGA video here for more information on the rates hold.
Q. Can I appeal my property's valuation?
If you believe the valuation of your property is incorrect, you can lodge an objection to Landgate at email@example.com, call (08) 9273 7373 or visit their website at www.landgate.wa.gov.au
The Town of Mosman Park is not authorised to amend property valuations except on the advice of the Valuer-General’s Office.
Q. Is there a pensioner concession for rates?
Pensioners are eligible for a 50 per cent rebate on general rates, up to a maximum of $750.
Seniors are eligible for a 25 per cent rebate, up to a maximum of $100.
Pensioners and seniors may also be able to defer rates and Emergency Services Levy (ESL) charges until your property is sold.
If you are eligible, the pensioner or senior concession will apply from the date of your application is received by the Water Corporation.
Q. What happens if I can’t pay my rates?
If you are unable to pay the rates by the due date please complete the form here and submit to the Town by email firstname.lastname@example.org
With the exception of eligible pensioners and seniors, interest will be charged on all overdue accounts calculated daily at the rate of 8% per annum.
Q. What other charges do I pay for?
Emergency Services Levy (ESL)
The ESL Levy is charged to all property owners in WA to fund fire and emergency services. The Town is required to collect this levy for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). For more information please visit the DFES website.
The Town’s full list of fees and charges can be accessed here.
Q. What funding is available for community groups?
The Town of Mosman Park recognises the valuable role community groups play in maintaining an active, vibrant and diverse community and this coming financial year the Town has focused on ensuring that the Community Development Program is in keeping with the Town’s objective of delivering sustainable services.
Some of the budget highlights include:
- Funding for Seniors Programs of $3,000 has been allocated for projects run in partnership with local clubs, associations and service providers to promote the positive mental and physical wellbeing of seniors within our community. $4,500 has also been allocated to promote healthy lifestyle activities such as walking and cycling.
- The popular Neighbourhood Barbecue program will continue, with barbecues events in parks such as Rope Works Park and Gibbon Park.
- The Town continues to provide programs for young people in the community through the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council (MPYAC). Funding of $8,100 has been allocated by the Town to assist the MPYAC to build capacity and develop skills as well as facilitating their leadership roles in events such as the STOMP! amazing race. Further funding of $7,000 has been allocated for children’s programs and support of School Chaplains program.
- Recognising volunteers and the contribution that they make to our local community continues to be a priority of Council with an amount of $4,000 allocated for Thank a Volunteer Day celebrations as well as volunteering promotion and support.
- The Home Security Rebate Scheme will continue to support residents in taking a proactive role in creating safer neighborhoods by subsidising the cost of new home security devices with funding of $6,000 allocated.
- The Community Partnership Program has been increased, with $16,000 funding allocated to improve the capacity and long term viability of local community and sporting groups and to facilitate the development of new initiatives to benefit the Mosman Park Community. Provision of funds has also been made to support community groups and residents to develop and run events that will create a more vibrant Mosman Park and increase neighbourhood connections.
For more information on these and other Community Development Programs click here or email email@example.com
Q. How can I have a say about the Town’s services?
We live in a great place; and we are committed to making it better. We invite you to be part of the conversation to map out the next 10 years with us. Please keep an eye out on our website under the ‘Have your Say’ for more information on how you can get involved in co-designing our future.
Click here to view the full budget.