What are Council rates?

Rates are used to provide essential infrastructure and services.

Why do I pay rates? 

Rates are Council’s main source of income. We use rate income to maintain and improve services, and for the provision of facilities, programs, activities and capital works for the community. Rates are used to provide essential infrastructure and services.

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

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.

Base rates enable each property to pay a similar amount for basic service provision together with the calculated ad valorem amount. The ad valorem amount is determined on the unimproved value of the land and does not include the value of your house, buildings, or other improvements to the land.

Land valuation is conducted every three years by the NSW Valuer General with the next valuation applicable from 1 July 2019.

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