Calculating your rates

As part of its budget(PDF, 6MB) 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.

Valuation base

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 2020/2021 year on a residential property valued at $150,000 would be:

Capital Improved Value - $150,000
Rate In the Dollar - 0.002255
$150,000 x 0.002255 = $338.25*

*This figure excludes the Waste Collection Service Charge of $321.35 and Municipal Charge of $155.65 and any applicable Fire Services Property Levies.

Council has determined 2020/2021 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.

Rates & Charges 2020-21

CIV - Capital Improved Value

Classification How rate is applied    Rate in the dollar   
Residential land rates Cents in $ of CIV 0.002255
Rural land rates Cents in $ of CIV 0.002255
Commercial land rates Cents in $ of CIV 0.002255
Industrial land rates Cents in $ of CIV 0.002255
Vacant land rates Cents in $ of CIV 0.002255
Municipal charge $ per property $155.65
Waste collection charge $ per unit $321.35
Waste collection charge - 120L rural    $ per unit $310.50
Waste collection charge - 240L rural/commercial  $ per unit $418.20

The Waste Collection Charge is for Council's waste management operations and is levied on every improved property within the township boundaries in the municipality. It covers domestic household rubbish collection where available, emptying public rubbish bins, public parks and gardens and operations of Council's recycling program.