How Much Will You Pay?
The City of Campbelltown needs to raise $26m in rates to fund the 2012/2013 Budget. Rate revenue (net) accounts for 79% of Council's operating income.
To fund the rate revenue required Council has set a single general rate in the dollar of 0.00297877. This rate is multiplied by the capital value of your property, as determined by the Valuer General, to determine how much rates you will pay.
Council must review the rate in the dollar annually to make sure it only raises the budgeted rate revenue requirement. As a result of this, Councils do not, therefore, gain windfalls from valuation increases. Valuations do not determine the rates income of a Council but are used only to divide the total rates amount among individual ratepayers. Therefore, a person with a property valued at, say, $150,000 will contribute less than someone with a property valued at $300,000 in the same Council area.
Rates are payable in four approximately equal instalments. You may elect to pay any instalment in advance. We will send you further notices for each quarter thirty days before each instalment is due.
|1||4 September 2012|
|2||4 December 2012|
|3||4 March 2013|
|4||4 June 2013|
How does the Council set rates?
Council sets its rates for the following year as part of its annual budget process.
Rates are declared, along with the budget, at a special Council meeting in June each year.
Council determines how much rate revenue it needs to raise to balance the budget and then divides this rate revenue over the capital value of the properties within the Council area. This gives Council a rate in the dollar.
This rate in the dollar is then applied to the capital value (which is the value provided to Council by the Valuer General) of each individual property. This determines the rates payable for each property for that particular year. If you do not agree with the valuation of your property you can object in writing to the Valuer General within 60 days after the date of service of the rate notice. You can send your objection to:
State Valuation Office
GPO Box 1534
ADELAIDE, SA 5001
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone 1300 653 345
Council must set a policy on how it will determine rates. This is a broad statement by the Council of the approach that it will take and the reasons for this. This process helps to ensure community accountability. A summary of the Annual Business Plan is sent out with your first rate notice for each year. Download a copy of the Annual Business Plan 2012 - 2013(3058 kb), alternatively, copies also available at the Council office for perusal.
Councils try hard to ensure that rates are kept to a responsible level, consistent with meeting the demands of the local community in maintaining infrastructure and providing services. We also work hard to ensure rates are applied across the community as fairly as possible.
To assist in making the impact of rates fairer on the community, Councils have a number of options that they can use in determining how rates will be set.
The options available to Council are:
Councils may also use a separate rate (for a specified purpose) or a service rate or charge (for a specific service).
Campbelltown only imposes a general rate across the Community. We also charge a minimum rate of $770.