Rates are raised on properties to assist in the operation and maintenance of the Shire’s services and infrastructure, including parks and gardens, footpaths, road maintenance and community facilities. Land in the Shire is rated in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995.
The Shire of Harvey has adopted its 2016/17 Budget at its Council Meeting of 1st August 2016. The Budget incorporates a 3.5% increase in general rates with rubbish charges increasing by 3% from $238 to $245 per service.
The Budget includes a discount of 7.5% for the full payment of general rates and charges within the 35 day discount period. The discount is only available to rate assessments paid in full by 4:00pm on the due date (23rd September 2016).
The Shire offers a number of options for the payment of rates which are noted below:
Option 1– payment in full within 35 days of the issue date (an 7.5% early payment discount applies to the rates component only and paid in full by 4:00pm 23rd September 2016).
Option 2– Two Instalments, dividing the payment over two due dates in September and November ($5.00 admin fee applies) (Note: no discount applicable to Option 2)
Option 3– Four Instalments, dividing the payment over four dates in September, November, January and March ($15.00 admin fee applies) (Note: no discount applicable to Option 3)
The Shire of Harvey has also introduced a weekly/fortnightly/monthly Direct Debit payment. For further information please download the form shown below.
Penalty interest (10% pa calculated daily) will apply to any amount that is outstanding 36 days after the rate notice is issued.
Formal procedures for collection of unpaid rates, including prosecution where necessary, apply where ratepayers do not meet their obligations.
Ratepayers experiencing difficulty in paying rates and charges should contact Councils Rates Department as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrangements.
You may receive an additional (interim) rates notice at any time of the year if you make building improvements on your property, subdivide or demolish a building on your property.
Valuations of properties within the shire have been supplied by the Valuer General which is the responsibility of the State Government. The Shire has no say in how your property is valued. Any objections to the valuation must be lodged in writing within 60 days from the issue of a rating or taxing notice. For further information visit www.landgate.wa.gov.au or call 08 9273 7373.
Concessions on General Rate and Emergency Services Levy
Concessions on General Rates and Emergency Services Levies are currently available to persons eligible under the Rates and Charges (Rebates & Deferments) Act, 1992. (All other charges must be paid in full.)
Eligibility Criteria – To be eligible for concessions under the Rates and Charges (Rebates and Deferments) Act 1992, an applicant must:
OWN AND OCCUPY THE PROPERTY ON THE 1ST JULY OF THE RATING YEAR AND EITHER:
Hold a Pensioner Concession Card or a State Concession Card. (This entitles the applicant to claim a rebate of up to 50% which is capped at a maximum of $750 per annum or in certain circumstances to defer payment of Rates and ESL only).
OR Hold a WA Seniors Card AND a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card . (This entitles the applicant to claim a rebate of up to 50% which is capped at a maximum of $750 per annum or in certain circumstances to defer payment of Rates and ESL only).
OR Hold a WA Seniors Card only. (This entitles the applicant to claim a rebate of up to 25% off the current year which is capped at a maximum amount of $100 per annum. There is no option to defer payment.)
REGISTRATION: An applicant must register their entitlement with Council or the Water Corporation (131 385) as soon as they receive their Pensioner, State or Seniors Card/s as the rebate only applies from the date the application form has been received and verified. Partial concessions are available to Pensioners and Seniors who own and occupy their property at 1st July and become eligible during that financial year.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you have rates and charges owing on your property you may be able to enter into an arrangement to pay the arrears owing. You may also register and be entitled to claim a rebate of up to 50% off the current year or in certain circumstances to defer payment.
If your circumstances change – particularly with respect to your ownership or occupation of the property, or your eligibility as a Senior or Pensioner – you must notify Council and the Water Corporation. Your registration will be cancelled or amended, as appropriate.
All other rates and charges must be paid within 35 days of the issue of the rate notices.
A rebate or deferment (where eligible) is available on only one property in any one rating year. (i.e. the property owned and occupied as at 1st July). Where the deferment option is available, General Rates and Emergency Services Levies are deferred automatically if not paid by 30th June of the year to which the account relates. If the property is occupied by a Life tenant under the terms of a Will of a deceased estate, deferment is not allowed and the rebated amount must be paid by 30th June.
If the property is sold and another purchased a new application must be made for the new property.
Cap on Local Government Rates for Seniors from 2017-18 The State Government has approved a $100 cap for Local Government rates applying to Senior households as of the 1st July 2017. Local governments are required by legislation to implement this policy change on behalf of the Government when they issue rates notices to affected Seniors. This means your Local Government rates notice now includes a concession that is the lesser of $100 or 25 per cent of the rates payable. For Seniors water charge concessions, the capped limit is $100.
Note: A Pensioner cardholders rates concessions remain unchanged at 50 per cent up to a capped amount of $750.
Partial concessions are available to pensioners and seniors who own and occupy their property at 1 July and become eligible during that financial year.
Change of Ownership or Address
If you are selling or buying a property your settlement agent will advise the Shire of the date of sale and the new owners address and will arrange an adjustment of your rates. If you are not using a settlement agent, you should contact the Council’s Rates Department.
For a normal change of address, please complete a Change of Rates Details Form found below and return to:
Shire of Harvey, PO Box 500, Harvey WA 6220