Understanding your rates notice
What do my rates fund?
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
Charges on your rates notice
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 your property falls into.
For more information about rating categories used by Council, refer to our Rating Stategy (download below).
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. The Local Government Act limits the amount of revenue that Council can raise through this charge.
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.
Fire Services Property Levy
The Fire Services Property Levy consists of the following components, set by the State Government each year:
- a fixed component of $109 for residential and $221 for commercial, industrial, and primary production properties
- a variable component calculated as a percentage of the capital improved value of a property
The Government funds $50 for concession holders currently qualified for rate rebates.
Many properties exempt from municipal rates will have to pay the levy.
The levy will be listed on Council rate notices, collected by Council and paid to the State Government.
The levy will not be included in Council’s budgets because it is not Council’s money.
Prior to 2013, the Fire Services Property Levy was collected as part of your house insurance. Since then, the collection of this State Government levy has been transferred to all councils across Victoria. This change was recommended by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
This property based levy is used to fund the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB).
Properties in the CFA area are levied to fund the CFA and properties in the MFB area are levied to fund the MFB.
For more information visit the State Revenue Office Victoria website.
Resource Recovery Centre vouchers
At the bottom of your rates notice, you will see a barcode that can be scanned up to 3 times at any of our Resource Recovery Centres until 30 September 2019. Each scan is valued at $20.
Vouchers cannot be sold or exchanged for cash. Photo ID showing current address is required. Loads are accepted and charged in accordance with our adopted fee and charges.
For more information on how rate capping works, you may wish to watch the below video.