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.
Council Rate Payment Schedule 2019/2020
|1st Quarter||1st September 2019|
|2nd Quarter||1st December 2019|
|3rd Quarter||1st March 2020|
|4th Quarter||1st June 2020|
To find out about the various ways that you can pay your rates please click here.
Fines on Rates
Rates will be overdue if they have not been paid by the "last day for payment" shown on the front of your 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.
State Government Concessions -
The state government provides a "Cost of Living Concession", as well as water and sewerage concessions for council Community Wastewater Management Schemes (CWMS) or council provided water. These payments may be used for any purpose, including offsetting Council rates. To check eligibility contact the ConcessionsSA Hotline 1800 307 758 or go to www.sa.gov.au/concessions
Should you be eligible for a state government funded concession this will be paid directly to you by the Department of Human Services and is not provided via your rates notice.
Persons experiencing hardship may seek assistance from Council; contact phone (08) 8828 1200 for a confidential discussion or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Certain persons/and or organisations may be eligible for a rebate, eg community groups, health and education organisations etc. Phone (08) 8828 1200 or email email@example.com for further information.
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 (08) 8828 1200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The Landscape Levy (previously known as the Natural Resource Management Levy) is paid by ratepayers across South Australia. Councils are required to collect it under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019.
A Landscape Levy fact sheet can be found here
For more information or enquiries, visit www.landscape.sa.gov.au/ny or contact the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board by calling (08) 8841 3400 or emailing email@example.com
Change of Address or Ownership
Please advise Council, in writing, immediately if your details have changed. Details can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Objection to Valuation
You may object to the valuation referred to in this notice by lodging a writing objection to the Valuer-General (within 60 days) after the date 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 for the current financial year.
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. Objection information can be found at https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/planning-and-property/owning-a-property/objecting-to-a-property-valuation
Differential Rates (and or charges) imposed by rates (and or charges) are still due by the due date even if an objection has been lodged.
Objections are to be forwarded to:
State Valuation Office, GPO Box 1354, Adelaide 5001
101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide 5000
Phone 1300 653 345
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 to Council outlining the grounds upon which your objection is based. Objections must be submitted to Council within 60 days of receiving your notice. The 60 day objection period may be extended by the Council where it can be shown there is reasonable cause. Rates are still due and payable by the due date even if an objection has been lodged. The Council may, in its discretion, allow an extension of time if a person entitled to make an objection shows that there is reasonable cause to do so.
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 but will need to apply for enrolment. If you have any queries please contact Katrina Borlace on (08) 8828 1200.
Click here to go to the Electoral Commission of South Australia website.
Have your views heard?
Council has undertaken community consultation on the draft annual business plan. If you are concerned or worried about your Council rates, contact Katrina Borlace on phone (08) 88281200 or email email@example.com.
A summary of Council's annual business plan is sent out with the first rates notice each financial year. The full version is available by clicking here.
The Local Government Association website has information on their site about Council Rates. (click link)