Additional Charge - Instalment Payers
Shire of Derby/West Kimberley 2012/13 Rates, Charges & Budget Information SHIRE PRESIDENT’S SUMMARY OF THE YEAR AHEAD Fellow Ratepayers and Residents During the past year, the Shire has experienced significant growth, placing large amounts of pressure on infrastructure and services. The forthcoming budget has been prepared to help address some of these issues and plan for future growth. This year’s budget has been prepared with a 7.9% rate increase, which equates to an additional $556,277 compared to the previous year’s rates yield. This increase has been necessary to maintain the level of service provided to the community, given that there has been a $554,802 reduction in the WA Local Government Grants Commission’s Financial Assistance Grant. Council has plans to address this issue with the Grants Commission, in collaboration with the other Kimberley and Pilbara Council’s similarly affected by the annual funding reduction. Other pressures on operating costs, such as inflation, rising utility costs and population growth, have been absorbed through other general revenue sources. The 2012/13 capital works program is considered to be ambitious, but achievable, with a total budget allocation of $16.8 million. There are significant funding allocations in the areas of road works, airport upgrades, waste management, housing construction and various community recreational facilities. Approximately 76% of Council’s capital works program is to be funded through State and Federal Government grants. Please refer below for a summary of the major works planned. Although there are a large number of projects that need to be addressed within the Shire it is considered important that Council continues to “live within its means” and to stay focused on the task of following good financial management practices. Local Government Reform within WA has seen the State Government introduce an “Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework” which has a strong emphasis on strategic planning practices. A key principle of the planning process is to provide both the future aspirations for the Community and a path to achieve them. This will be a continued focus for the administration over the next financial year to ensure compliance in this area. I encourage you to contact Shire staff or Councillors if you require further details on the 2012/13 budget. Elsia Archer SHIRE PRESIDENT Annual Rates Information What are Rates? The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley levies rates each year to help Council to provide and maintain a number of facilities, functions and infrastructure within the community. How are Rates Calculated? Local Government Authorities in WA levy rates against each property by determining a ‘rate in the dollar’ which is then multiplied by the GRV (gross rental value) or UV (unimproved value) of the property as determined by the Valuer General’s Office. The valuation of your property is displayed in the box located at the top right of your rate notice. Residential GRV land is valued on the basis of the yearly rental value you could expect. UV is the site value of the land. To determine the rates for a GRV property with a valuation of $10,568, this valuation is multiplied x 0.088084 (the rate in the dollar Council has determined for the 2012/13 year) = $930.87 property rates. 2012/13 Rates and Charges The Council of the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley adopted its budget at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on the 30 th August 2012 and resolved to impose the following rates and service charges to all rateable properties within the Shire: General Rates ‣ 8.8084 cents in the dollar on Gross Rental Values on all rateable land within the District. ‣ 17.1972 cents in the dollar on Unimproved Values on all rateable land within the District, excluding those used for mining and pastoral purposes. ‣ 3.4635 cents in the dollar on Unimproved Values for properties used for pastoral purposes. ‣ 21.2265 cents in the dollar on Unimproved Values for those properties used predominantly for mining purposes. Minimum Rates A minimum rate of $805 for all properties applies. Minimum rates are set at a level to ensure that affected property owners contribute an equitable and realistic level of rates for the maintenance of services provided by the Shire. Differential Rates The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley has again resolved to adopt a differential rate for properties which are predominantly used for mining and pastoral purposes. Council has adopted a higher rate in the dollar for properties primarily used for mining purposes because this will create a more equitable level of contribution for the level of services provided by the Council. Mining activities normally involve heavily laden trucks travelling on Council controlled roads and streets. Council has adopted a lower rate in the dollar for pastoral properties, because there have been large valuation increases over the past few years for pastoral properties and the lower rate in the dollar will create a more equitable level of contribution for this property type when compared to neighbouring Shire’s. Objections/Appeals to Rates A person may object to their rates for their property on the grounds of: there is a problem with the rate record (incorrect owner/occupier details). the land or part of the land is not rateable. An objection must be made in writing within 42 days of the date of issue of the rate notice. The objection must identify the land and fully explain the details of the objection. Should you have a concern regarding your property valuation contact Valuation Services on (08) 9429 8400 within 60 days of the date of issue of the rate notice. Where an appeal or objection to rates is lodged it does not affect the liability of the owner to pay the Shire rates levied, pending a valuation determination. Any overpaid rates will be refunded. Rubbish Charges - Residential Rubbish $417 per annum for a weekly service during the ‘dry’ season and a twice weekly service during the ‘wet’ season. Rubbish Charges - Commercial Rubbish $665 per annum for a yearly service. Bulk 'Skip' Bins - 1 service per week $1410 per annum. Payment Options Rates and rubbish charges may be paid by one of three options: One payment – due date is: 19 October 2012 Two instalment payments – due dates are: 19 October 2012 & 19 December 2012 Four instalment payments – due dates are: 19 October 2012, 19 December 2012, 19 February 2013 & 19 April 2013 Instalment reminder notices will be sent out 35 days prior to the next instalment being due. PLEASE NOTE: No instalment option will be available if: (a) (b) Any part of the rates and service charges imposed on that land remains unpaid for the previous year. Payments are not made in accordance with the minimum requirements. Overdue Rates Where payment has not been received in full or no election has been made to pay by an instalment option by the due date, legal action may be taken for their recovery. All costs associated with this action are recoverable from the Ratepayer and will be added to their account. Please note that this course of action may result in your credit rating being affected on future borrowings. Instalment Fee An additional charge of $8.00 per instalment plan will apply where this option is used. This charge is to cover administration and postage costs. Interest on Instalments An interest charge of 5.5% per annum is imposed for amounts involved with instalment payments. Early Payment Incentive Scheme A discount of 2.0% on rates will apply if all rates, charges, and arrears are received at the Council office by 4.00pm on 19 October 2012. Council will not accept responsibility for delays in postal services. Late Payment Interest Late payment interest will accrue at a rate of 11% per annum, calculated daily, on all unpaid rates, rubbish and ESL charges where payment is not received by the due date. Any unpaid rates, service and ESL charges will continue to accrue interest each day until such arrears are paid. Further details are contained on the back of the rate notice. Payment of Rates by Other Arrangements Ratepayers are advised that if they are unable to pay their rates by the due date or to meet the instalment requirements, they can make other arrangements to pay their rates by entering into an Alternative Arrangement Payment Plan. Contact the Rates Officer if you need to consider this arrangement. Late payment penalty charges will apply under these arrangements and an administration charge of $30.00 per financial year is also payable. Pensioners and Seniors Concessions Pensioners and/or Seniors may be eligible to claim rebates up to a maximum of 50% off current rates and ESL charges, or defer payment, in accordance with the Rates and Charges (Rebates and Deferments) Act 1992. These rebates are funded by the Government of Western Australia. Please contact the Rates Officer to determine if you are eligible for a rebate or deferment on this year’s charges. Emergency Services Levy (ESL) This is a cost that appears on the rates notice. All ESL money collected by Council is sent directly to the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) to be used to fund fire and emergency services.