Thursday 1st November 9:00am - Friday 30th November 6:00pm
Southern Highlands Arts Festival
Wednesday 14th November 3:30pm - 8:00pm
Council Meeting 14 November
Council’s Rates Notices and Water and Sewerage Accounts have gone digital. If you would like to receive your notices via email, you can register for e-Billing at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/eBilling
If you are a mobile bank customer you can also sign up for BPAY View. BPAY View sends bills and statements straight to your online account and provides email, SMS and bank message reminders. Residents will be required to register with their financial institution to access this service.
To find out more information in relation to the SRV go to the following link
Councils help local communities run smoothly. They administer various laws and regulations to help maintain and improve services and facilities for the community. These services include community services, sporting and recreation services, environmental planning, public health, environmental protection and waste collection, treatment and disposal.
The rates you pay allow your council to fund these services.
NSW Office of Local Government Rates and Charges FAQs (external link)
Council must declare every parcel of rateable land in the Shire in one of four categories: Business, Farmland, Mining and Residential.
The category assigned to your property is shown on the front of your notice.
The Residential category applies to most properties in the Shire, even some land in rural areas.
The only properties that qualify for farmland rating are those that can prove the dominate use of the land is for conducting a farming business. Farmland businesses must have a significant purpose and character and must be engaged for the purpose of profit on a continuous or repetitive basis. In other words, just because you live in a rural area doesn't mean the category will automatically be classified as Farmland.
Rural residential holdings in a non-urban zoning are not categorised as Farmland.
If you are not satisfied with the category given to your property, you may apply to Council to be reviewed.
To apply, complete and submit an Application for Change of Categorisation of Land for Rating Purposes or Application for Categorisation of Land as Farmland Rating (internal link).
No. The rating category assigned is for rating purposes only and has no significance on zoning or planning regulations.
A special rate known as the Environment Levy provides funding for environmental projects.
To calculate the Environment Levy on your property, multiply the rate in the dollar by your land valuation that appears in the top right hand corner of your notice, then add the amount of this calculation to the base amount.
Your Rates Notice now includes more information about your Domestic Waste Management (DWM) service. Each DWM service charge reflects a three bin service for houses and a two bin service for units.
Your Rates Notice indicates:
Stormwater management is a service to manage the quantity and/or quality of stormwater that flows off land. Stormwater charges are outlined in Council’s Revenue Policy and only affect residential and business properties located within an urban area (ie. town or village).
Vacant and non urban land is exempt from this charge.
By virtue of Section 574 of the Local Government Act 1993, if you feel your rates or charges are incorrect, you have the right to appeal to Council in writing within 30 day from the date of issue.
Councils do not determine your land value for rating purposes. Land is valued by the Valuer General at Property NSW – Valuation Services under the Valuation of Land Act 1916 (as amended). These valuations are carried out approximately every three to four years and a Notice of Valuation will be sent to you to advise the land value that will be used in the calculation of your council rates.
If you do not agree with the valuation assigned to your land, you have 60 days to lodge an objection. For more information you can contact Valuation Services Customer Service Centre on 1800 110 038, or at email@example.com.
Alternatively you can use the Property NSW Valuation Services Online Objection Facility to submit your objection. The last date to object to your value will be printed on the front of your Notice of Valuation. It is important to note that even if you lodge an objection, you must still pay your rates while your objection is being considered. Property NSW – Valuation Services will advise you in writing of the outcome of your objection.
If you still don’t agree with the valuation, you have limited time to appeal to the Land and Environment Court. The response sent by the Valuer General will explain the final date for an appeal.
A range of information is also available at www.valuergeneral.nsw.gov.au.
No GST is currently payable on land rates, domestic waste charges or water and sewerage charges.
You can pay your rates in full by 31 August 2018 or by quarterly instalments. The next three instalment due dates are 30 November 2018, 28 February 2019 and 31 May 2019.
Yes (quarterly instalments). Instalment due dates for the 2018/19 financial year are 31 August 2018, 30 November 2018, 28 February 2019 and 31 May 2019.
Yes, but daily interest charges of 7.5% per annum continue to accrue on the first instalment until it’s finalised. This also applies to subsequent instalments.
Generally speaking, you may be eligible for a rebate if you have been issued with a Pensioner Concession Card from Centrelink, The Department of Veterans Affairs or a Gold Card stamped with either EDA or TPI and you haven’t previously claimed.
You must also own and reside at the property for which you are claiming.
A new application is required for each property. Pension rebates do not follow when buying and selling properties.
Should you wish to apply for a pensioner rebate, application forms are available online, at the Civic Centre, or by contacting our Revenue Team on (02) 4868 0888.
Note: Council allows eligible pensioners to pay their rates in full by 31 May 2019 (due date of the fourth instalment) without incurring interest.
The ownership details that appear on your notice reflect the details that are registered against the title.
If the current details are incorrect you can go to https://www.nswlrs.com.au (external link) for further information.
In line with the rate increase approved by IPART, Council will increase it's general income by 9.25% (including 2.3% rate pegging limit)
Council is required to calculate general rates on the land value provided by the NSW Valuer General.
The table below outlines the adopted rating structure for 2018/19.
2017/18 Rating Structure
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There are some parcels of land that are exempt from rates and charges. These include parcels of land within a national park and land that belongs to, for example, a religious body or school.
Unless you meet the exemption criteria outlined in the Local Government Act, you cannot be exempt from paying rates.
To apply, complete and submit an Application for Exemption from Rates (internal link).