How are rates calculated?
Rates are calculated by multiplying a property's Gross Rental Value (GRV) or Unimproved Value (UV) by the rate in the dollar set by Council, subject to minimum rates.
Gross Rental Value (GRV)
Gross Rental Value (GRV) is the fair rental value of your property as determined by the Valuer General's Office and is an estimate of how much you could expect to receive if you were to rent your property.
Properties used for non-rural purposes e.g. urban residential, commercial etc are valued using the GRV method above.
Unimproved Value (UV)
Unimproved Value (UV) is the fair market value of your property as determined by the Valuer General's Office and does not take into account any improvements on the land such as dwellings or outbuildings. Land used for rural purposes is valued using the UV method.
Can I object to my property's valuation?
If you feel that the valuation applied to your property is incorrect, you can lodge an objection with the Valuer General's Office within 60 days of the issue of your Rates Notice.
For further information please contact the Valuer General's Office on 9273 7373.
Emergency Services Levy (ESL)
Local Government is collecting the ESL on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) by including it on local government rates notices.
Fees collected will be remitted to DFES.
Further information on the ESL can be obtained by contacting the DFES Hotline on 1300 136 099 or visiting the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.
Waste Service information
There have been some changes to the Waste charges for 2018/19.
Mindarie Regional Council (MRC) has increased gate fees which will negatively impact operations and costs in 2018/19. This is calculated at approximately a $2.2m increase in Waste costs including a 7% increase in the Landfill Levy as imposed by the State Government.
It is preferable to ensure Waste costs are fully recovered, eliminating the need to subsidise this service through reductions in other projects or programs within the City.
As a consequence of the escalating cost in Waste for 2018/19 these costs have been separated from Rates which will provide a number of benefits. These include greater transparency in costs and the ability to influence consumer behaviour that will lead to reduced landfill.
Guided by the Strategic Budget Policy the separation of Waste from Rates will help the City meet the following principles:
- Transparency: Adequately disclosing charges
- Equity: Pricing model is equitable and fair
- Intergenerational: Financial Stewardship for future needs
- User Pays: Setting fair and equitable rates will endorse the User Pays principle.
Pensioners entitled to a reduced waste charge will see the discount applied on their rates notice.