To meet service levels and the infrastructure needs of our community for 2015/16, the City of Charles Sturt needs to raise $95.4m in rates. This translated to an overall increase in total rates of 3.3% plus property growth of 0.87%.
For the typical residential ratepayer with a median house price of $429,398 and assuming an average property valuation increase (total rates levied in 2015/16 of $1,237) the residential ratepayer can expect to pay an additional $41 p.a. or an extra $0.79c per week.
At Charles Sturt we also have a minimum rate which ensures all ratepayers contribute towards the provision of basic services at a reasonable level. In 2015/16 the minimum will increase from $980 to $1,015 for 35% of ratepayers (an extra $35 per annum or $0.67 cents per week).
The average residential ratepayer pays approximately $1,291 in rates or $3.54 per day to deliver the infrastructure and services required by the community for 2015/16. (the overall average across all land uses in the City is $1,729 p.a. or $4.74 per day)
The amount each ratepayer contributes is based on their relative property valuation, but this valuation has no bearing on the total amount of rates the Council collects.
Rates are calculated by multiplying the value of a property (as assessed by the Valuer General), by the 'rate in the dollar.'
The 'rate in the dollar' is calculated by dividing the sum of rates required by the Council’s annual budget by the total valuation of properties in the Council area. There are a range of different 'rates in the dollar'; each is based on the type of land use (eg residential, vacant land, commercial, industrial, primary production land and other).
You must advise us of all changes to the postal address or owner/ratepayer details in writing.
Any changes to your name due to marriage, divorce, death etc must be advised in writing with copies of relevant certificates attached.
Your property's Capital Value assessment comes from a Government valuation adopted by this Council.
You may object to the valuation referred to in the annual instalment notice in writing to the Valuer-General within 60 days of service of the annual instalment notice, stating the grounds for your objection and including information to support your application. But Note:
Objection forms can be obtained from the State Valuation Office, or can be downloaded from http://www.landservices.sa.gov.au/
Objections are to be forwarded to the State Valuation Office 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, GPO Box 1354, Adelaide SA 5001, email email@example.com, phone 1300 653 345
If your objection is upheld, the Valuer General will advise Council and your rates notice will be amended.
Please note: the lodgement of objections for rates does not change the due date of payment for rates.
Differential General rates imposed by the Council are based on various land use categories. If you consider that the land use category is incorrect you may object, in writing within 60 days of service of the rates notice to the Chief Executive, City of Charles Sturt, PO Box 1 Woodville SA 5011. State the grounds for your objection, your opinion of the correct land use and include information to support your application.
Council collects a regional Natural Resources Management (NRM) Levy on all rateable properties on behalf of your regional NRM Board. The City of Charles Sturt is effectively operating as a revenue collector for the Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board and revenue from this levy is not retained by the Council, nor does the Council determine how the revenue is spent. The NRM Board invests this levy in managing and protecting priority water, land, marine and biodiversity assets. For general NRM levy enquiries please contact Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board on 08 8273 9100 or visit their website - Adelaide Mt Lofty Natural Resources Management Board.
However Council is conscious that these rising costs must be managed to ensure rates remain affordable by:
Independent data prepared for the LGA by the SA Centre of Economic Studies (SACES) shows Council Rates in Australia have grown the lowest of tax revenues of each sphere of government over the past 45 years;
and that not only do SA Councils receive the lowest funding per capita from the State of any jurisdiction in Australia, but we are the only State in which the per capita level of funding has gone backwards.
No, not necessarily. Council rates are a form of property taxation and property values play an important part in determining how much each individual ratepayer contributes relative to another.
As it is a system of taxation the rates paid may not directly relate to the services used by each ratepayer.
Once Council determines its budget, it then divides the amount of money it needs to raise from rates by the total of all individual property values in its area to arrive at what is called “the rate in the dollar” (RID). In this way it can multiply the rate in the dollar by individual properties values to produce the rates bill for each property and know that in total, rates paid will equal the amount set in the budget to be raised from rates.
Valuations do not determine the rates income of a council but are used only to divide the total rates amount among individual ratepayers.
Property values are therefore ONLY one part of the calculation for how much each ratepayer contributes.
Councils must review the rate in the dollar annually to make sure they only raise the budgeted rate revenue required.
Council rates are a form of property taxation and property values play an important part in determining how much each individual ratepayer contributes relative to another.
For Example: a person with a property value of $450,000 will contribute relatively more than someone with a property value of $400,000. So, although the value of your property may reduce if the rate in the dollar has increased then the amount paid in rates can be more than what you may have paid in a previous year.
The following example helps explain how the system works: