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Rates Explained

Annual rates notices are issued to all property owners at the end of July each year.

Your annual rates notice is made up of your general rates plus service charges.

The general rate is calculated in two parts:

1.       A uniform base rate for each category

2.       A rate in the dollar based on the unimproved land valuation provided to Council by Property NSW – Valuation

Service charges are for waste and stormwater, if applicable.

Example of Rates Notices for 2018/2019

 

Residential – Vacant

Residential – Occupied

Residential – Strata

Rates & Charges

Land Value - $78,000

Land Value - $78,000

Land Value - $78,000

Ad Valorem

$517.14

$517.14

$517.14

Base Rate (General Rates)

$365.50

$365.50

$365.50

Stormwater Levy

$0.00

$25.00

$12.50

Domestic Waste- Vacant

$39.00

$0.00

$0.00

Domestic Waste – 240L

$0.00

$284.00

$284.00

Domestic Waste  - Recycle

$0.00

$141.00

$141.00

Domestic Loan Fee

$0.00

$27.00

$27.00

Total

$921.64

$1,359.64

$1,347.14

 

 

Business

Business – Bins

Rates & Charges

Land Value - $78,000

Land Value - $78,000

Ad Valorem

$689.05

$689.05

Base Rate (General Rates)

$402.80

$402.80

Stormwater Levy

$0.00

$25.00

Commercial Waste – 240L

$0.00

$520.00

Commercial Recycling

$0.00

$299.00

Commercial Loan Fee

$0.00

$27.00

Total

$1,091.85

$1,962.85

 

 

Farmland

Farmland - Irrigable

Rates & Charges

Land Value - $175,000

Land Value - $175,000

Ad Valorem

$1,344.35

$1,578.15

Base Rate (General Rates)

$394.20

$1,053.35

Total

$1,738.55

$2,631.50

 

This is an example only; different combinations of bins can apply, depending on service available.  A full list of charges can be found in Council’s Revenue Policy.

Payments

You can pay your annual rates in full or by four instalments.

The full amount needs to be paid by August 31 and instalments are to be paid by the following dates:

  • Instalment 1: August 31
  • Instalment 2: November 30
  • Instalment 3: February 28
  • Instalment 4: May 31

How to pay your Rates and/or Water Account

B-Pay
If your financial institution offers BPay, you can use the BPay system to pay your account by either the telephone or the internet. You should contact your financial institution or alternatively visit BPay websitefor more information.

When making a payment using BPay, you will be required to enter the biller code and reference number. These are shown next to the BPay logo on the front of your notice.

Remember that your Rates Notice has a different BPay reference number to your Water Notice.

In Person - at any Post Office
Pay your bills in one place, with just one payment - bills such as phone, gas, electricity, council rates and insurance premiums can be paid. You then receive a paper receipt for your own piece of mind.

By Phone - call 13 18 16
For the cost of a local call, POSTbillpay by phone gives you the convenience of paying bills from your home, workplace or even your mobile phone* - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The step-by-step process is quick and easy to use. You will also be given a receipt number as immediate confirmation of your transaction.

* The cost of mobile calls will be charged at mobile phone rates

Post Bill Pay
Pay 24 hours a day, 7 days per week from the convenience of home or any other place with Internet access. Click on the above link to pay your account on-line now.

For a full list of the Terms and Condition of use of the POSTbillpay system, phone 13 18 16 or visit www.postbillpay.com.au

At Council
Bring your notice into Council Offices at 1 Benerembah Street, Griffith. Payment may be made by cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS.

For your convenience Council's cashier is open between the hours: 8.10am to 4pm - Monday to Friday.

Direct Debit
You can pay your rates through direct debit. To ensure your payment is processed in time, you will need to return the form, direct debit form, 14 days before your due date.

To cancel your direct debit you need to notify Council in writing on the prescribed form, direct debit cancellation form.  If you are selling your property you are still required to cancel your direct debit in writing.

If funds are not available in your nominated account to pay your rates or water account by the due date, Griffith City Council may charge a dishonour fee and your direct debit agreement will be cancelled.

Periodic Direct Debit
You can pay your rates and water accounts periodically through direct debit. This process allows for weekly and forntightly payments which are processed on a Thursday or Monthly payments processed on the last working day of each month unless this falls on a public holiday or weekend, then it will be processed on next working day.

You will need to return this form, periodic direct debit.  Please be advised if this amount is not sufficient to pay full amounts due by the due date, then interest and legal action will still apply. Please contact a Council Revenue Officer on (02) 6962 8100 to discuss this further.

To cancel your direct debit you need to notify Council in writing on the prescribed form, direct debit cancellation form.  If you are selling your property you are still required to cancel your direct debit in writing.

If funds are not available in your nominated account to pay your rates or water account by the due date, Griffith City Council may charge a dishonour fee and your direct debit agreement will be cancelled.

Interest

If you are late with your payments, Council is required under the Local Government Act to charge interest on overdue balances.  The interest rate is not set by Council; it is set by each year by the Minister for Local Government and cannot be varied. The current interest rate is 7.5% per annum calculated daily.

Pension Rebates

If you have a pensioner concession card you may be eligible for a rebate being an amount of $250 for rates and an additional $175 if you have water and sewerage services from Council. If you think you are eligible for a rebate and it is not shown on your rates notice please phone our customer service centre on 02 6962 8100. Please note that all pensioner rebate applications will undergo confirmation by Centrelink.

Payment Assistance

Griffith City Council understands that many people at different stages of their lives experience financial difficulties. Please let us know if you are unable to make your payments by the due date. Your situation will be treated in the strictest confidence and we will work with you to make suitable arrangements.

If you do not make contact with Council in relation to your outstanding levy you may be subject to debt recovery action, which could cost you additional fees and lead to court proceedings. Overdue rates incur interest on the overdue balance. This interest rate is required to be charged under the Local Government Act.

Rates and Water overpayment

Overpayment of rates can ony be refunded if your account is in credit.  Sufficient evidence of the payment will need to be submitted along with the overpayment refund application form.  Refund processing time may take up to 21 calendar days from the date we receive your compelted application.

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