Your rates help fund a range of services provided by Council including street cleaning and lighting, maintenance of local roads, footpaths and drainage, garbage and recycling services, as well as a wide range of community services ranging from Maternal and Child Health to Aged Services. It also contributes to the Ballarat Aquatic Centre, the Ballarat libraries, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Her Majestys Theatre, maintaining Lake Wendouree and the Botanical Gardens, recreation reserves and playgrounds.
In November 2015, the Victorian Parliament passed legislation empowering the Government to cap rate increases for Victorian Councils. For the 2016/2017 year, the City of Ballarat’s increase in total revenue from General Rates has been capped at 2.5%.
Rates and charges (including special rates and charges) can be paid as follows
Annually by a lump sum payment on or before 15 February 2017;
By four instalments* made on or before the following dates;
30 September, 2016
30 November, 2016
28 February, 2017
31 May, 2017
* In order to be eligible for payment by instalments, the first instalment must be paid by the 30 September, 2016. Reminder notices will be issued to eligible instalment payers for the 2nd, 3rd & 4th instalments.
Differential Rating Classification
Properties are classified for rating purposes in accordance with Council’s adopted Differential Rating Statement (ie; Residential, Rural Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Farm or Recreational).
If you are aggrieved by your property’s classification you may make application for reclassification. Application forms are available from our Customer Service Centre,25 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat Central.
Remains in force for the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2018.
Waste Management Service Charge
Council has declared a Waste Management Service Charge of $292.56 per service for the year ending 30 June 2017 for the collection, removal and disposal of refuse and recyclables from residential and other permitted properties, where the service is provided. A service comprises the weekly collection of one waste bin and the fortnightly collection of one recycling bin. Multiple services will attract multiple service charges.
The Local Government Act 1989 provides that eligible pensioners shall receive a reduction of rates levied (for 2016/2017 the maximum Municipal Rates concession cap is $218.30). Eligible pensioners will also be entitled to receive a $50.00 concession on their Fire Services Property Levy.
The Pensioner Concession Card or a photocopy of the card must be presented with the application. Find out more about Eligible Concession Cards.
Provided individual pension details have not changed, it is not necessary to re-apply for the concession each year.
Eligible Pensioners who live alone in their own home and are solely responsible for the payment of rates and charges on that property, will be entitled to receive a rate waiver of $90.00, funded by Council.
Note: A Health Care Card does not entitle the holder to a rate reduction or FSPL concession.
Financial Hardship Consideration
The Local Government Act 1989 permits Council to waive or defer the payment of any rate, charge or interest if a person can demonstrate that the payment would cause financial hardship.
Additionally, the owner(s) of rateable land may apply for a waiver or deferral in respect of the fire services property levy. The owner(s) of non-rateable residential land, which is leviable for the fire services property levy, can also apply for a waiver or deferral.
Anyone having difficulty paying part or all of their rates and charges should contact Council’s Revenue Section on (03) 5320 5750 for information on hardship application.
A valuation is an assessment of the market value of a property, at a specific date. Under State legislation, the City of Ballarat is required to conduct general valuations every two years. This process assesses the value of all 50,000 properties in the Municipality. Valuations that currently appear on your rate notice are based on levels of value as at 1 January 2016.
Why are valuations important?
For a property owner, a general valuation (or revaluation) is important for two reasons:
it provides a new market value for your property. These property valuations are now far more relevant and useful as they more closely reflect current market values.
there are new market relativities. This is important because market changes help determine individual property rates and charges.
The valuation process
The Valuer-General Victoria introduced standard property data requirements for councils, under the initiative known as Valuation Best Practice.
Only qualified valuers holding recognised tertiary qualifications and with the required practical experience can perform municipal valuations. They are required to operate under the highest standards of professionalism and ethics for example, all valuers must declare impartiality before undertaking valuations and undertake to perform all valuations to the best of their ability and judgement.
Valuing a property
Data obtained for each property is determined under Valuation Best Practice guidelines and includes things such as:
land classification code (usage) and zoning etc.
Data is compiled on each property over time, through inspection, building and planning permits and other public sources.
The valuer builds a profile of value levels for each different area/property type by analysis of recent sales and leasings. This information is then applied to individual properties, taking into account the different characteristics of each property.
In certain circumstances, valuations must be performed between general valuations. These are known as supplementary valuations. They are required when properties are physically changed eg. when buildings are altered, erected or demolished, amalgamated, subdivided, portions sold off, rezoned or are affected by road construction. Supplementary valuations are usually carried out by the valuer on a monthly or quarterly basis.
Calculating your rates
A revaluation of properties does not mean extra rate revenue for Council. 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 City of Ballarat uses Capital Improved Value (CIV) as its valuation base.
CIV = the total market value of the land and improvements (buildings etc.) (for more information refer to the Valuation of Land Act 1960)
General Rates - How are they calculated?
Council applies differential rates (ie. different rates for different types of properties). Properties are classified as either residential, rural residential, commercial, industrial, farm, or recreational and the respective rate in the dollar is applied to each property's valuation. Council has determined the following Rates and Charges Tableas part of the budget process for the forthcoming year.
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 the City of Ballarat the general rate calculation for the 2016/2017 year on a residential property valued at $350,000 would be:
Capital Improved Value - $350,000 Rate in the dollar (residential) 0.4280 cents $350,000 x 0.4280 = $1,498.00*
*excludes the Waste Management Service Charge of $292.56
Your rate notice will show how your rates are calculated, including any other charges eg. waste management and Fire Services Property Levy.
If you are aggrieved by the valuation of your property as shown on your rate notice, you may object. This must be done by completing and lodging with Council the prescribed form, within two months of the issue of your Valuation and Rate Notice.
You may object on one or more of the following grounds that:
the value assigned is too high or too low;
the interests held by various persons in the land have not been correctly apportioned;
the apportionment of the valuation is not correct;
lands which should be included in one valuation have been valued separately;
lands which should be valued separately have been included in one valuation;
the person named in the notice of valuation assessment notice or other document is not liable to be so named; and
the area, dimensions or description of the land including the AVPCC allocated to the land are not correctly stated in the notice of valuation assessment notice or other document.
You may object against your property's valuation if it appears on subsequent rate notices. Details regarding objection processes appear on the back of your rate notice.
Note: Objection or appeal does not prevent the recovery of any rate or charge or the charging of interest.