What are Council rates?

Rates are used to provide essential infrastructure and services.

Why do I pay rates? 

Rate revenue is a primary source of funding for the provision of Clarence Valley Council services, facilities, programs, activities and capital works.

Rates are used to provide essential infrastructure and services.

If you own a property you will pay rates to Council, unless your property is exempt from rates (eg a church, school or hospital).

How rates work?

Council rates are determined in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993. This legislation provides the process to calculate rates and limits the income councils can receive from rates. Each property falls into one of four categories for rating purposes depending on the land use of the property.

These categories are:

  • residential
  • business
  • farmland
  • mining

Council decides which category your property should be in, based on its land use.

Rates are calculated annually and include the ordinary rate and annual charges. Council has adopted the structure of both minimum and base amounts as a means of levying rates on all rateable properties.

Land valuation is conducted every three years by the NSW Valuer General. The land value does not include the value of your house, buildings, or other improvements to the land. Council uses this figure to calculate the ad valorem amount to reflect any changes in the value of your land.

How are my rates spent?

How are your rates spent

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