Rates, Fees And Charges
This page contains information relating to the Shire's rates, fees and charges. To view information relating to the Shire's Annual Budget and Annual Report, follow this link.
Council has increased Gross Rental Valued (GRV) rates (Town Sites) by 5% with Unimproved Valued (UV) rates (Rural) having a 5% increase also. Council is still offering a 5% discount, if the full rates account is paid within 35 days from the date of service. The date of service for 2016/20167is the 26th August 2016. The final day for ratepayers to pay to receive the discount is 4:30pm on Monday 3rd October 2016.
Rates will become due and payable 35 days from the date of issue, being the same date as the discount entitlement closes, 3rd October 2016. Rates outstanding after this date will incur a daily penalty percentage rate of 0.027397%, based on an annual rate of 10%.
Council also offers ratepayers the option to pay their rates account by either two or four instalments. To take advantage of the instalment option, a small interest and administration charge is made on each instalment payment. The instalment interest rate for 2016/2017 adopted by Council is 5%, with an administration fee of $5 per instalment. The due dates for the instalment options will be as follows:
- 1st Instalment by 3rd Oct 2016
- 2nd Instalment by 5th Dec 2016
- 3rd Instalment by 6th Feb 2017
- 4th Instalment by 3rd Apr 2017
The above dates are applicable to either the two-instalment option or the four-instalment option. So if you choose the two-instalment payment option, your payments will be made on the 3rd October 2016 and the 5th December 2016.
Should a ratepayer not meet one of the instalment payments, penalty interest will immediately start to accrue, at the above daily rate, from the date after the instalment due date until the instalment payment is made. Council offers the below payment facility.
The Valuer General’s office provides Council with property values upon which Council rates are based. Each year Unimproved Values (UV’s) are revalued with Gross Rental Values (GRV’s) revalued every four years. In 2016/2017 the UV properties were revalued. There was no revaluation for GRV properties.
Whereas the overall variation to Unimproved Valuations has reduced by 9%.
- There has been a reduction to most unimproved values effective 30 June 2016.
- Some changes to individual assessments may have occurred either as a product of the mass valuation process or where records have been amended or corrected for more up to date information about soil types etc.
Should you wish to object to the valuation of your property, objections must be lodged with the Valuer General, PO Box 2222 Midland 5936 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 9273 7341 within 60 days of the issue of the Notice of Valuation and Rates. It is important to note that Section 6.81 of the Local Government Act 1995 provides that rates must be paid, but are subject to adjustment if your objection is successful.
Pensioner Rating Information
Pensioners, who are entitled to receive a rebate on their rates account, need to make application with the Shire, and should reconfirm their details with the Rates Officer at the commencement of each financial year.
As from 1 July 2001, important changes have been made to the Scheme, which provides rate concessions to eligible Pensioners and Seniors, on their Water Corporation annual charges and Shire Council rates. Refuse and services charges are not given pensioner rate concessions.
These changes will not affect pensioners already registered to receive a rate concession.
Subject to certain conditions, you may qualify for a rates concession from 1 July 2001, if you:
- have a right to occupy or reside at the property under the terms of a will even though you may not be the owner of the property;
- have previously lost your entitlement to the rates concession or had your entitlement reduced because you have ceased to reside in your property because of ill health, frailty or other causes not within your control; or
- receive a partners allowance, parenting allowance, (or parenting payment partnered), or widows allowance and hold a Pensioner Concession Card or State Concession Card; or
- hold both a Seniors Card issued by the Office of Seniors Interests and a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, if only a Seniors card is held a lesser rebate may be available.
Council is now offering Centrepay to eligible pensioners. Centrepay is a free direct bill-paying service offered to customers receiving payments from Centrelink. Through Centrepay you can choose to pay bills by having a regular amount deducted from your Centrelink payment.
Centrepay is voluntary. Customers who choose to use Centrepay benefit from its convenience and security knowing that their payments are under control. Instead of having large bills every month or quarter your bills are paid in manageable amounts for your payment, making it easier for customers to budget.
If any of the above situations relate to you please contact the Council office to clarify your entitlement.
Specified Area Rates
Kalbarri Tourism Specified Area Rate
Council over previous years and again in 2016/2017 has raised a specified area rate over all rateable Kalbarri Gross Rental Value properties zoned Residential, Residential Development, Places of Public Assembly, Special Site, Special Rural, Commercial, Tourist Accommodation, Service Industry, Light Industry, Composite Light Industry, within the Kalbarri Town Planning Scheme No. 9 being for Tourism Infrastructure related projects and Tourism Promotional Advertising within the Kalbarri Ward.
This year request that Council consider an allocation of $31,500 from the 2016/17 Kalbarri Tourism Specified Area Rate to:
- Continue marketing the Kalbarri-Natures Playground promotion via TV and print advertising.
Council in the 2016/2017 Budget has again levied a Specified Area Rate relating to the Townsite of Port Gregory.
Port Gregory Specified Area Rate – Water Supply
Council over previous years and again in 2016/2017 has raised a specified area rate over all rateable Port Gregory Gross Rental Value properties to contribute to the cost of operating and maintaining the non potable water supply to the Townsite. Council will be raising $11,925.00 from this rate during 2016/2017.
Further information on the above Specified Area Rates can be obtained by contacting the Administration Office in Northampton.
Pay My Rates Online
Click here to pay your rates online via the BPOINT website.
Alterenatively, rates can be paid by contacting the Northampton Office on 08 99341202, or mailing payment to the Shire of Northampton, PO Box 61, Northampton, WA 6535.
Fees And Charges
Council reviews the fees and charges annually and then adopts them every year at the time of adopting the annual budget. Should any changes be made to the fees and charges after adoption Council is required to advertise these changes.
Click here to download the fees and charges