Councils must raise revenue for governance and administration, which deliver goods and services to the community. Council’s major source of municipal revenue is Rates, derived as a tax on land within the Council area.
All land within a council area, except for land specifically exempt (e.g. crown land, council occupied land and other land prescribed in the Local Government Act 1999) is rateable. The Local Government Act 1999 provides for a Council to raise revenue for the broad purposes of the Council through a general rate, which applies to all rateable properties, or through differential general rates, which apply to categories of land use and/or locality. In addition, Council can raise separate rates, for specific areas of the Council or service rates or charges for specific services.
Click here for information on how to pay your rates.