Rate income is used to provide and maintain a variety of services and facilities. These include roads, parks, community services and recreational facilities. Rates are a major component of the Shire's revenue.
Two types of rating systems are used in the Shire of Pingelly: Gross Rental Value (GRV) for land within the townsite and Unimproved Valuations (UV) for land outside the townsite. Rates are based on periodic valuations supplied by the Valuer General. If you wish to object to the valuation of your property, you must lodge an objection with the Valuer General within 60 days of the original issue date of the rate notice. If an objection has been lodged, rates must still be paid by the nominated due dates whilst the valuation is reviewed.
This year, Council has adopted a Budget with an overall 7% rate increase on GRV and UV levies with minimum rates increasing to $835 from the 2014/15 year.
The rates were set at a level to generate sufficient income for the various services and facilities provided by the Shire of Pingelly. Minimum rates reflect the basic cost incurred by the Shire of Pingelly in servicing each dwelling or lot within the shire.
Gross Rental Values 11.1496 cents in the dollar. Unimproved Values 1.0179 cents in the dollar. Minimum Rates per Assessment $835 Rubbish and Recycling Charge per Service $280.
Individual rates are based on valuations supplied by the Valuer General. Some rate-payers may experience a different increase in their rates as individual valuations received may vary from previous valuations. If you feel that your rate change is more than anticipated due to the change in your valuation, you may lodge an objection with the Valuer General. Details of the process are on the back of the rate notice. If you intend to lodge an objection, please note that your rates account must still be paid in full by the due date. If your valuation is lowered as a result of your objection, the appropriate amount of rates will be refunded to you. If your valuation has increased as a result of your objection, a further rate notice will be forwarded.
Pensioner And Senior Rebates/Deferments
Pensioners who meet the eligibility criteria below, are entitled to claim a rebate of 50% off the current year’s rates, or may defer payment of those rates. Seniors meeting the eligibility criteria may claim a rebate of up to 25%. If eligible for a rebate or deferment, rubbish charges must still be paid within 35 days of the issue of the rate notice.
If you become an eligible pensioner and/or senior during the financial year, you will receive a pro-rata rebate for the remaining period upon application.
To be eligible for concessions, an applicant must:
- Be the owner and reside in the property on 1st July of the rating year;
- If a Pensioner, either;
- be in receipt of a pension and hold a pensioner concession card or State concession card; or
- hold both a Seniors card issued by the Office of Senior Interests and a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
- If a Senior:
- hold a Seniors card issued by the Office of Senior Interests.
Payment Of Rates
Ratepayers may elect to pay in two or four equal instalments for which fees and interest charges will be levied. Due dates plus associated fees/charges are displayed on the front of your rate notice. If you wish to pay your rates by instalments, you must pay the first instalment by the due date.
If paying your rates by mail, please ensure that your payment is posted with sufficient time to reach the Shire office by the due date. Payments received after the due date will automatically incur interest charges. Please note that Council will not accept responsibility for delays in postal services.
Change Of Ownership
Notice must be given to Council within 21 days whenever a person sells or otherwise disposes of land. Details of land description, and the name and address of the new owner must be stated.
Change Of Address
Please advise Council in writing of any change of address to which notices are sent. The assessment number should be quoted on all such correspondence.
Alternativey, please click here to download a change of address form for Shire rates.
If you would like to place an objection in regards to the valuation of your property please download the objection to valuation form.
For information on Rating and Taxing Values please click here.
Senior Finance Officer
Phone: (08) 9887 1066
Fax: (08) 9887 1453