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Rates and Charges

Your rates notice includes charges applied to the capital improved value (CIV) of your property and any municipal, waste, organics and recycling charges. Your notice will also include the Fire Services Property Levy collected by Council on behalf of the Victorian Government.

You can receive SMS reminders in the days leading up to your rates due date by texting the code RCOWRATES to 0418 684 133.

What are the rates this year?

Rates and Charges for 2017/2018 have been established by Council as follows:

Type of Rate (Differential) Cents in $ on CIV
General 0.5287
Vacant General  1.0573
Rural Residential 0.5287
Vacant Rural Residential 1.0573
 Rural 1  0.3780
 Rural 2  0.3594
 Commercial/Industrial  0.7295
 Vacant Commercial Industrial  1.0573
 Recreational and Cultural  0.3172

 

Collection Charges from 1 July 2017

 Urban

Type of Charge Purpose Amount Freqency 
Garbage Service charge for the collection of approved garbage

$142.00 (140 litre)

$283.00 (240 litre)

Fortnightly
Recycling Service charge for the collection of recyclable materials $102.00 (all sizes) Fortnightly 
Organics Service charge for the collection of foodwaste and greenwaste $142.00 (240 litre) Weekly 

 

 Rural

Type of Charge Purpose Amount Frequency
Garbage Service charge for the collection of approved garbage $240.00 (240 litre) Fortnightly 
Recycling Service charge for the collection of recyclable materials $102.00 (all sizes)  Fortnightly

 

Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL)

 

Property Classification Fixed Charge CFA Levy Rate
(cents per $1000 of CIV)
Residential land (including vacant residential) $107.00 12.2
Commercial land $216.00 99.9
Industrial land $216.00 157.4
 Primary Production land $216.00 24.8
 Public Benefit land $216.00 12.6
Vacant land (excluding residential land) $216.00 46.7

Where do my rate dollars go?

In 2017-18, Council estimates it will manage an operating income of more than $57 million. Over half of this comes from rates and charges.

54%    Rates and Annual Charges

17%    Grants - Operating

15%    User Fees and Other

3%      Other Income

11%    Grants - Capital

Where does the money go?

Council provides a range of services that help members of the community enjoy a healthy, active and safe lifestyle in the Rural City of Wangaratta.

The attached illustration below shows how much each service receives out of every $100 Council spends. Council’s roads, paths and bridges receive the largest funding by far.

Payment support

Financial Hardship

If you find it difficult to pay Council rates and charges by the due date please contact the Finance Unit (Rates Section) on 5722 0838 to arrange an appointment for you to discuss the circumstances and options available.

For free, confidential and independent financial information for Victorians experiencing financial difficulty please visit MoneyHelp, a not-for-profit service supported by the Victorian Government or contact the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007.

Some local, free financial counselling is available at the following organisations;

Pensioner Rate Assistance Scheme

If you hold a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran Affairs Gold Card and live at the property shown on the rate notice you may be eligible for a 50% rebate (to a maximum of $223.80) on council rates and charges, as well as $50 rebate on the Fire Services Property Levy.

To apply for a first time rebate you must produce your rates notice and concession card and fill in an application form, which is available from the Wangaratta Government Centre or download one below. If you received a rebate last year and your circumstances have not changed, you will automatically be granted a rebate this year.

For more information download the Municipal Rates Concession poster below or visit the Department of Human Services (DHS) website.

Instalment dates

Payment for 2017/2018 rates and charges levied must be paid by four (4) instalments. The first instalment must reach Council's offices by 30 September 2017 or within 14 days from the date on which the notice was issued, whichever date is the latest date. The remaining instalments must be paid no later than: 

  • 2nd Instalment - 30 November 2017
  • 3rd Instalment - 28 February 2018
  • 4th Instalment - 31 May 2018

Where a due date falls on a weekend or public holiday the instalment will be due on the following business day.

Although Wangaratta does not offer a lump sum payment option, if you wish to pay your rates in full you must ensure that the respective instalment due dates are satisfied to avoid penalty interest being charged.

 

Rate capping

What is Rate Capping?

In 2015, the Victorian Government introduced rate capping legislation in the form of its “Fair Go Rates System” (FGRS). The FGRS or rate capping introduces an annual rate cap set by the Minister for Local Government which controls general rate increases for all councils during that financial year.

What does the Rate Cap not apply to?

The rate cap only applies to general rates and municipal charges. As a result, the rate cap does not apply to State Landfill Levy Charge, the Waste Service Provision Charge or the Garbage/Recycling/Organics delivery charge. These charges will increase or decrease based on the cost of providing the service. In addition to this, local government is required to collect the Fire Services Property Levy on behalf of the State Government via council rate notices. The rate cap does not apply to the FSPL and any changes to this levy is approved by the State Government.

The rate cap for 2017-18 has been set at 2.0%

Does this mean that my overall rates will only increase by 2.0%?

With a rate cap set at 2.0% it only means that the total rate revenue generated by council will increase by 2.0%. However, the allocation of rates throughout the municipality will depend on how property values change. Therefore, some properties may experience a rate increase of over 2.0%, whilst others may experience a rate increase of less than 2.0%.

Where can I find more information?

For further information regarding Fair Go Rates System, please visit the Fair Go Rates, Essential Services Commission websites, or open the generic attachment below.

2017-18

Council has complied with the Victorian Government's rates cap of 2.0 per cent. The cap applies to the average annual increase of rates and charges.

The rates and charges for your property may have increased or decreased by a different percentage amount for the following reasons—

i.        the valuation of your property relative to the valuation of other properties in the municipal district;

ii.       the application of any differential rate by Council;

iii.      the inclusion of other rates and charges not covered by the Victorian Government's rates cap.

Property Valuations

All homes and business premises in Victoria have been revalued as at 1 January 2016.

A valuation of all Victorian properties is carried out every two years.  Valuations are carried out using Valuation Best Practice Principles as set down by the State Government Valuer-General. Data on every property is recorded and used by the Rural City of Wangaratta valuer with sales, rentals and other information to determine the valuations.

The revaluation is an assessment of all properties and their value.  It will not in itself raise the total income Council receives from rates, as the charges will be re-distributed based on the changes in each property's value.  As a result of the revaluation, some will pay more in rates; some will pay less, depending on the new value of their property. The purpose of regular property revaluation is to maintain market relativity between properties so that rates can be equitably distributed.

Valuation Based Property Rates & Taxes

A property tax based on valuation reflects both a measure of the benefit of services to each property and the capacity of that property to bear the burden of sharing the community costs represented by the tax.

Method of Valuation

To determine the value of the property, the valuer must have a thorough knowledge of sales, rentals and statutory considerations laid down by valuation legislation.

Councils are required to be notified of sales of all properties and information on rentals and expenses is obtained from owners and tenants.  A valuer has statutory powers to enter onto any property "at any reasonable time" and may request any information which will assist to make a true and correct valuation.

In some cases internal property inspections may be necessary to provide sufficient information to ensure accurate valuations.

What is a Supplementary Valuation?

Supplementary valuations are made during the rating year when there is a significant change to the valuation.  The most common causes for supplementary valuations are construction of a new dwelling or building, subdivision of a property or consolidation of properties. As a result of the supplementary valuation a rate notice will be issued to reflect any change in the rates.

What if I Don't Agree with my Property Valuation?

As a ratepayer, it is important for you to consider the valuation on your rate notice and assess whether it reflects its true market value.  If you believe that the valuation is too low or too high, you should first speak to Council's Property & Revenue Coordinator on (03) 5722 0838.

Ratepayers have the right under Section 16 of the Valuation of Land Act 1960 to object to the valuation applied to their property. An objection to a valuation does not negate the requirement of a ratepayer to pay rates that have been levied by the due date.

Detailed information on the objection process can be found in the attachment below.

For further information, to obtain a copy of the prescribed objection form and/or before lodging a valuation objection please contact Council's Property & Revenue Department on (03) 5722 0838.

Fire Services Property Levy

On July 1, 2013 the Victorian Government replaced the fire services levy with a fairer system, as recommended by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
Rather than contributing through insurance premiums, a property-based levy is be collected with council rates.

Council collects this levy on behalf of the State Government. Click here for more information on this levy.

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