Your rates and charges help fund a range of services provided by Council including:
- Street cleaning and lighting
- Maintenance of local roads, footpaths and drainage
- Garbage and recycling services
- A wide range of community services, recreation reserves and playgrounds
Rates are calculated for the rating year which is the same as the financial year. Hence, the rating year begins on 1 July and ends on 30 June.
Mitchell Shire Council issues its Annual Rate and Valuation Notice in July/August each year and ratepayers can only pay their rates in four instalments. Instalment due dates are as follows:
1st instalment - 30 September
2nd instalment - 30 November
3rd instalment - 28 February
4th instalment - 31 May
If any of these dates fall on a weekend or public holiday then payments will be accepted on the next business day.
The total amount you are required to pay is made up of some, or all, of the following components:
This is referred to as the valuation based rate. It is calculated by multiplying the Capital Improved Value of your property by a specified amount of cents per one dollar of valuation. The "cents per dollar" is determined by the category of property which will vary between categories.
The Local Government Act allows Council to declare a Municipal Charge on properties to cover some of the administrative costs of the Council. This is a fixed amount and applies to all rateable properties. An exemption from this charge is available to single farming enterprises who receive multiple rate notices:
If your property is located on a road serviced by a Council garbage collection run, then you will be charged for this service. The charge is compulsory for all residential properties regardless of whether you decide to use the service or not.
If you are an eligible pensioner and hold a current pensioner concession card you may be able to claim a rebate on your Council Rates.