As part of its budget process, Council determines the amount of total revenue it requires to raise from rates. Property valuations are used as the basis for levying rates and therefore each property's contribution to Council's overall rate revenue is determined by its valuation.
The West Wimmera Shire Council uses Capital Improved Value (CIV) as its valuation base. CIV = the total market value of the land and any improvements (buildings etc) - for more information refer to the valuation of Land Act 1960.
How are general rates calculated?
The formula for calculating general rates, excluding any additional charges or arrears, is:
General Rates = Valuation x Rate In The Dollar.
(details of the council valuation of your property are displayed on your rate notice).
For Council the general rate calculation for the 2016/2017 year on a residential property valued at $150,000 would be:
Capital Improved Value - $150,000
Rate In the Dollar - 0.003445
$150,000 x 0.003445 = $516.75*
*This figure excludes the Waste Collection Service Charge of $277.10 and Municipal Charge of $137.97
Council has determined 2016 - 2017 Rates and Charges as part of the budget process for the forthcoming year. Your rate notice will show how your rates are calculated, and will include any other charges eg. waste collection/municipal charge, fire services property levy.
Fire Services Levy
From 1 July 2013 the Victorian Government requires local councils to collect a Fire Services Levy on their behalf, as part of rates notices.