0.2293 cents in the dollar for residential properties
0.3553 cents in the dollar for all "other" properties
$970.00 minimum rate
0.0092 cents in the dollar for NRM Levy
Method used to value land
Provision is made under The Local Government Act 1999 to raise revenue for the broad purposes of Council through a general rate which applies to all rateable property.
Rateable property is all land within the Council area, except land specifically exempt (ie Crown land and land owned by Council). Land use is used as a factor to levy the differential rates. The value of land for the purposes of rating is capital value.
As adopted by Council at its meeting held 16th July 2012 the setting of a general residential rate of 0.2293 cents in the dollar and for all "other" properties a rate of 0.3553 cents in the dollar to raise necessary revenue to carry out services and maintenance provided by Council. The minimum rate is $970.00 and levied against the whole of an allotment (including land under separate lease or license) and only one minimum rate is levied against two or more pieces of adjoining land owned and occupied by the same ratepayer (the minimum rate will effect 839 (24.5%) of rateable properties and will raise $294,426 of rate revenue.
Residential property owners with a seniors card may apply to postpone payment of rates until the property is sold.
If you are the holder of a valid pension card or state seniors card you may be eligible for a concession on rates for your principal place of residence.
Any ratepayer who may, or is likely to experience difficulty in meeting the standard payment arrangements is invited to write to The Rates Department, The Corporation of the Town of Walkerville, PO Box 55, WALKERVILLE SA 5081
Payment of rates
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. If the amount due remains unpaid after the due date, it may be recovered in a court of competent jurisdiction.
The Council has decided that the payment of rates will be due on 17th of September, December, March and June.
- Telephone and Internet banking - Bpay
- By telephone on 1300 303 201
- Internet at Council's Online Services
- In person at the Council offices (EFTPOS facilities are available)
- By post (cheque or money order) to Town of Walkerville, PO Box 55, Walkerville SA 5081
Fines for late payment
Rates will be overdue if they have not been paid by the "last day for payment" date shown on the front of this notice. After this date, additional charges will apply:-
- a fine of 2% of the amount due will be added immediately and
- at the end of each month thereafter, interest (at the rate prescribed in the Local Government Act 1999) will be added on any balance (including interest) not then paid.
Rate concessions - State Government
You may be eligible for a Council Rate concession if:
- You are a pensioner and have a current Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Gold Card (TPI, EDA, WW), or receive a Centrelink Allowance. Apply through the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Concessions Hotline 1800 307 758 or at www.sa.gov.au/concessions using the on-line form.
- You are a Self Funded Retiree who hold a State Seniors Card you can apply through RevenueSA on 1300 366 150.
- You are a low income wage earner who meets the DCSI low income threshold apply through the DCSI Concessions Hotline 1300 366 150.
For more information visit www.sa.gov.au/concessions
Ratepayers who believe they are entitled to a concession should not withhold payment of rates pending assessment of an application by the State Government as penalties apply to overdue rates. A refund will be paid to an eligible person if Council is advised that a concession applies and the rates have already been paid.
Postponement of rates - Seniors
Ratepayers who hold a State seniors card (or who are eligible to hold a State seniors card and have applied for one) are able to apply to Council to postpone payment of rates on their principal place of residence. Postponed rates remain as a charge on the land and are not required to be repaid until the property is sold or disposed of. Phone 8342 7100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Certain persons and/or organisations may be eligible for a rebate, eg community groups, health and education organisations etc. Phone 8342 7100 or email email@example.com for further information.
Natural Resources Management (NRM) Levy
Council collects a regional Natural Resources Management (NRM) Levy on all rateable properties on behalf of your regional NRM board. The NRM Board invests this levy in managing and protecting priority water, land, marine and biodiversity assets. For general NRM levy enquries please call the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board on 8273 9100 or visit www.amlrnrm.sa.gov.au
Objection to valuation
You may object to the valuation referred to in this notice by writing to the Valuer-General within 60 days after the "date of notice" on this notice. But Note:
- (a) if you have previously received a notice or notices under the Local Government Act 1999 referring to the valuation and informing you of a 60 day objection period, the objection period is 60 days after service of the first such notice;
- (b) this 60 day objection period may be extended by the Valuer-General where it can be shown there is reasonable cause;
- (c) you may not object to the valuation if the Valuer-General has already considered an objection by you to that valuation.
A written objection to valuation must set out the grounds for objection. Rates are still due and payable by the due date even if an objection has been lodged.
Objections are to be forwarded to:
State Valuation Office, 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA
Mail: GPO Box 1354, Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 1300 653 345; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Objection to land use
Differential General Rates imposed by the Council are based on various Land Use Categories. Should you have any reason to believe that the Land Use Category applied to your account is incorrect, you may lodge a written objection with Council outlining the grounds upon which your objection is based. Objections must be submitted to Council within 60 days of receiving this notice.
Rates are still due and payable by the due date even if an objection has been lodged.
Persons experiencing hardship may seek assistance from Council. Contact phone 8342 7100 for a confidential discussion or email email@example.com