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Notice of Intention to Impose Differential Rates 2022/2023 Financial Year

Rates

The Shire of Coorow adopted its
2021/2022 Budget at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on  18 August 2021

BUDGET OVERVIEW

Each year Local Governments in WA must prepare an Annual Budget in the format prescribed by the Local Government Act 1995. The General rates for the financial year are determined by Council based on raising the revenue required to meet the deficiency between the total estimated expenditure proposed in the Budget and the estimated revenue to be received from all sources other than rates.

In 2021/2022 Council resolved to adopt a rating system as below:

Description

RID (Expressed as cents in $) Min Payment

GRV - Townsite

$0.128046 $830

UV - Agricultural

$0.014305 $830

UV - Mining

$0.167598 $830

UV - Mining Exploration

$0.110569 $315

WHEN TO PAY

*Please contact the Shire to arrange instalments or if you are having difficulties making the payment dates.

Have you changed your address?

If you have recently changed your postal address, or other contact details, please email the changes to sfo@coorow.wa.gov.au

Please notify your change of address even if you have a postal redirection order in place, as the Shire receives no advice of this from Australia Post.

Your Rates Explained

Wondering how your rates are calculated? Wondering what makes rates go up? Visit the website here for more information.

Pay your rates online Click Here

If you are experiencing difficulties in paying, please contact the

Coorow Administration Centre on 9952 0100, during office hours, to arrange a payment plan

(fees do apply).

Swimming Pool Inspection Fee

This charge covers the cost of regular safety compliance inspections carried out by the Shire every four (4) Years, as required by legisation.

Emergency Services Levy (ESL)

ESL is a levy imposed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and collected on its behalf by Local Governments in WA.

Registered Pensioners/ Seniors

Eligibility provisions for any person seeking to register with Council for rates concessions are:

Must be an owner/occupier of rateable property at 1 July or earlier, and

If a Pensioner, either:

  • Must receive a pension and hold a current Pensioner Concession Card or State Concession Card, or

  • hold both, Seniors Card issued by the Office or Seniors Interests AND a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, or If a Senior, hold a Seniors Card issued by the Office of Seniors Interests.

As part of the 2015/16 State Budget, the State Government, the state government announced that from the rating year commencing 1 July 2018, the  50% concession allowed to eligible pensioners on local government rates would be restricted to a capped amount. Western Australia was the only State not to provide a dollar cap on Local Government Rates.

The pensioner rates capped amounts will be set each year, consistent with the manner in which senior's rates caps are set. The gazettal of the cap amounts usually occurs in late June, prior to the commencement of the rating year. The pensioner rate capped amount has been announced as $750 for 2018/2019. While the Seniors rate capped amount is $100

The Shire does not administer the laws in regards to pensioner concessions. If you wish to lodge a complaint regarding the capping of the pensioner rebate you will need to contact your local Member of Parliament.

Pensioners and Seniors, who were registered concession card holders for their primary residence at 1 July 2018 can pay their rates, free  of all interest and administration charges, by instalments different from those available to other ratepayers.

Apply for Concession here

For further information, please contact

Council's Rates Officer Shannon Hall on (08) 9952 0100 or email sfo@coorow.wa.gov.au

Penalty Interest

An interest charge of 8.0% per annum calculated daily will be added to all rates outstanding for a period greater than 35 days from the date of issue.

Interest is not charged to entitled and registered pensioners.

Interim Rating

Some ratepayers may receive amended rate accounts during the year where the Valuer-General considers the Gross Rental Value of their property has changed. The Gross Rental Value (GRV) is the annual amount that the owner could obtain from rental of the property, and is assessed by the Valuer-General.

The GRV is used as the base upon which rates are levied and values are generally reviewed every 5 years. Any alteration to the property could result in an amendment to the valuation.

Objections and Appeals

Objections must be lodged with the Valuer-General's Office within 60 days after the issue of the Rates Notice. Rates must still be paid pending the outcome of the objection. A refund will be issued if an objection is upheld. Forms are available from the Shire office.

If an objection or appeal is lodged the full amount of rates is still due and payable within 35 days of the issue of the rate notice.