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What are local government rates?

What are Local Government Rates?

Rates are an annual payment made by residents for living in a Local Government area.

Rates are a simple and effective way of paying for the delivery of vital community services and infrastructure, such as roads, footpaths, parks, libraries and leisure centres - to name just a few.

To ensure that all residents equitably share in the maintenance of these services, the City charges a minimum rate. For more information about the minimum rate, please contact Rating Services on 9397 3000.

Calculating your Rates

The amount you pay in rates each year depends on the basis of valuation applied to your property. This valuation is determined by the Valuer General's Office, an independent State Government organisation.

The basis of valuation is either Gross Rental Value (GRV) or Unimproved Valuation (UV). For non rural properties, the Gross Rental Value (GRV) is used and for rural properties, the Unimproved Value (UV) is used. The GRV is an estimate of the rent a property could earn in a year. The UV refers to the site value of the property. GRV's and UV's are reassessed every three years and one year, respectively.

Based on valuation, rates are calculated each year and an annual rate notice issue to you. You'll usually receive your notice in July of each year. More detailed information about property valuations is available from Landgate.

Below are the Differential Rates, including minimums, for the 2016/2017 financial year as per adopted budget.

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