Ordinary rates are applied to properties based on independent valuations supplied to Council by the NSW Valuer General. The valuations used in the 2017-2018 rating period have a base date of 1 July 2016.
Structure of General (Ordinary) rates
The rating provisions of the Local Government Act 1993, allow Councils to base their ordinary rates either on a system of minimum rates or base rates. Griffith City Council has chosen to employ the system of base rates as a means of levying rates on all properties. In accordance with Section 497 of the Local Government Act 1993, the structure of the Ordinary Rate must comprise:
- A base amount (fixed charge required by statute to be no more than 50% of the total amount of the rate)
- An ad valorem component (rate levied on the unimproved land value)
Ordinary Base Rate
Council has chosen to apply a system of base amounts in an attempt to overcome community concerns over the inequity of the rate burden of a rate levied solely on land values. The base charge reflects that some of the benefits derived by ratepayers from the provision of Council works and services by the community.
Ad valorem rate
Council has adopted a system of ad valorem rates that will apply to each property valuation to develop a variable charge on each rate notice. The ad valorem charge is multiplied by the land valuation supplied by the NSW Valuer General to determine the ad valorem charge.
The ad valorem charge differs for the Residential, Business and Farmland categories. The ad valorem rates are:
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