There seems to be confusion in the minds of some residents about what constitutes Rates and what are Fees and Charges.
Here is a simple explanation:
Rates are based on the unimproved capital value of your land. There are over 100 categories of rates, including Rural, Residential, Resorts, Shopping Centres and so on. Rates also include a Cleansing charge. It is well worth looking at the categories and the difference in rating imposed.
Council calculates a rate charge by multiplying your property's average rateable value by a dollar rate. The dollar rate used to calculate charges depends on your property's rating category, which is based on its main land use.
A property's rates are calculated by multiplying the valuation of the property by the rate in the dollar. For example, if the Capital Improved Value of a property is $250,000 and the council rate in the dollar is set at 0.0042 cents, the rate bill would be $1050 ($250,000 x 0.0042).
A budget is set by the Council with their staff once a year which looks at categories and sets rates accordingly. Council issues Rate Notices twice a year.
Again, these are set annually but can be reviewed if needed during the year. They are exactly what they say, Fees and Charges and include Utility Charges. They are a recovery of the costs incurred of providing that fee or service, whether it is a Council cost or a State cost. They are billed out three times a year. They include but are not limited to Dog Registration, Council venue hire, sidewalk dining, A Frames out the front of businesses, water usage, Market site rent, and so on.
So, an increase in Fees and Charges is not an increase in Rates, they are separate categories. Both are financial fees for residents but someone paying dog registration may not necessarily be a ratepayer.
There is also an excellent explanation on the Council’s website and it is recommended that you look at this as it explains how rates are structured and what they are used for and what constitutes Fees and Charges and which of these is driven by a State fee passed on to Council