The Town of Walkerville has endorsed temporary changes to the Rating Policy to include specific COVID-19 hardship requests as a way to assist our community in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result of the current public health emergency affecting Australian residents, at their Ordinary Meeting of 20 April 2020, Council resolved (CNC338/19-20) to assist the Township’s residents by providing support to those suffering hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 health emergency:
- The deferment of rate payments for the fourth quarter in the 2019/ 2020 financial year until December 2020. No fines or interest will be applied from 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2020;
- Ratepayers can arrange to pay their rates weekly, fortnightly or monthly, based on an amount that suits their budget. No fines or interest will be applied from 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2020, or for the length of the payment arrangement, whilst payments are being met;
- Ratepayers experiencing significant financial hardship due to loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19, may be eligible to defer their rates through a postponement until 30 June 2022.
We understand many of our residents and businesses are facing a difficult time as a result of COVID-19. If you are experiencing financial hardship due to coronavirus, please give us a call to discuss how we can help you.
For those unable to pay their rates, we will support you to organise a payment arrangement based on your specific financial cirumstances.Click here for a business COVID-19 Financial Hardship Rates Relief application
A rate of 0.0023010 in the dollar for residential properties
A rate of 0.0037966 in the dollar for all "other" properties
$1,215.00 minimum rate
A rate of 0.000095 in the dollar for NRM Levy
Click the link to view the Town of Walkerville Annual Business Plan and Budget
Payment of Rates
Rates are payable in four approximately equal instalments. You may elect to pay any instalment in advance. The Council may agree to alternative payment arrangements on an individual basis. 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 and payable on the following dates:
- 1st payment: 18 September 2020
- 2nd payment: 18 December 2020
- 3rd payment: 18 March 2021
- 4th payment: 18 June 2021
- Telephone and Internet banking - Bpay
- By telephone on 1300 276 468
- 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
- Australia Post (in person, phone and internet)
State Government concessions
The State Government offers a single ‘Cost of Living Concession' provided directly to those who are eligible.
This payment may be used for any purpose, including offsetting Council rates. To check eligibility contact the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion Concessions Hotline 1800 307 758 or at www.sa.gov.au
Ratepayers who are unable to pay their account for rates by the due date should contact the Council before the rates full into arrears to confidentially discuss alternative payment options on 8342 7100.
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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 the 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.
Certain persons/and or organisations may be eligible for a rebate, e.g. community groups, health and education organisations. A Rate Rebate form link is at the bottom of the page.
Postponement of Rates
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 a charge on the land and are not required to be repaid until the property is sold or disposed of.
Regional Landscape Levy
Councils are required under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 to collect the Regional Landscape Levy on all rateable properties on behalf of the State Government. The levy helps to fund the operations of regional landscape boards who have responsibility for the management of the state’s natural resources. These responsibilities include regional landscape planning, water allocation planning, community capacity building, education and compliance activities. For further information regarding this levy, or the work the RL Levy supports, please visit the Green Adelaide Board at www.landscape.sa.gov.au or phone 08-8204 1910.
Persons on the State House of Assembly Electoral Roll are automatically included in the Council Voters Roll and entitled to vote in Council elections. Others who are ratepayers may also be entitled to be enrolled on the Council Voters Roll and will need to apply for enrolment.
Objection to Valuation
You may object to the valuation referred to in this notice by writing served personally or by post on the Valuer-General within 60 days after the date of service of this notice.
(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) you may not object to the valuation if the Valuer-General has already considered an objection by you to that valuation.
The Valuer-General may extend the 60 day objection period where it be shown there is reasonable cause to do so by a person entitled to make an objection to a valuation.
A written objection to valuation must set out the full and detailed grounds for objection and further information and objection packs (including a reply-paid envelope) are available on request by calling Land Services SA on 1300 653 346
You can email, fax or post your written objection to the Office of the Valuer-General or electronically submit your objection using an online form.
Online: Complete the online form at http://www.sa.gov.au/landservices
Email: Send your objection including any attachments to: OVGobjections@sa.gov.au
Post: To: GPO Bo 1354, Adelaide 5001
Fax: 08 8115 5709
In Person: 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide 5000
Rates are still due and payable by the due date even if an objection to valuation has been lodged.
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 notice of the attribution of the land use. Rates are still due and payable by the due date even if an objection has been lodged.