Rates Information

Understanding your rates notice

Understanding your rates notice 

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How are my rates calculated?

Local Government Authorities in Western Australia levy rates against each property by determining a 'rate in the dollar' which is then multiplied by the Gross Rental Value (GRV) of the property as determined by the Valuer General's Office.

For Example

In the 2018/2019 financial year, Council has determined that the rate in the dollar to be applied for rates is 0.06475 for Residential Properties. This means that 6.475 cents will be levied as rates for every dollar of GRV assigned to a property depending on which differential rates category it falls into.

The Valuer General may determine that a brick and tiled house in Mt Hawthorn which contains 4 bedrooms, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, laundry, and a double carport could attract a rent after basic expenses of $400 per week. Rent of $400 per week multiplied by 52 weeks per year gives a Gross Rental Value of $20,800.

GRV = $400 x 52 = $20,800

The rates to be levied against that particular property would be

Rates = $20,800 x 0.06475 = $1,346.80

Gross Rental Value of $20,800 multiplied by the rate in the dollar of 0.06475 gives the value of rates for the property of $1,346.80.

Minimum rates

A minimum rate is imposed when the amount calculated by the rates formula is less than the amount determined to be the equitable minimum cost of servicing lots in the City of Vincent. General rates and minimum payments are levied to meet the budgetary costs of the City of Vincent to provide services and complete projects within its boundaries during the financial year.

In 2018/2019 the City of Vincent applies a minimum rate of $1494.00 to Vacant-Commercial Land and a minimum rate of $1180.00 applies to all other rateable land.

Vacant-Commercial properties with a Gross Rental Valuation of less than or equal to $11,831 will be charged a minimum rate of $1,494.00. Commercial/ Industrial properties with a Gross Rental Valuation of less than or equal to $17,828 will be charged a minimum rate of $1180.00. Residential properties with a Gross Rental Valuation of less than or equal to $18,224 will be charged a minimum rate of $1180.00.

Differential rates and minimum payments

The City of Vincent adopted differential rates effective from 1/7/2018.

A higher rate in the dollar for the calculation of council rates will be applied to properties classified as Other and Vacant–Commercial. The Other rates category includes all Commercial and Industrial properties. The Vacant-Commercial rates category includes all vacant land situated in a commercial or residential/commercial zoning within the City of Vincent.

City of Vincent differential rates for the financial year 2018/2019: 

 Rating Category

Rate in $

Minimum Payment

Residential, Vacant-Residential

0.06475    

$1180.00

Other (Commercial/Industrial)

0.06619

$1180.00

Vacant-Commercial

0.12628

$1494.00

 The differential rates document listing the reasons for introducing differential rates can be viewed at the link below:

Differential rates information document

Additional bins

The Standard Waste Services provided by the City, applicable to your property are included in the rateable charge. Any additional waste services (additional bins) that you receive are individually listed in the details and levy of the rate notice

Pool inspection fees

State Government legislation requires the City to inspect the safety barriers of all private swimming pools and spas so that a period of not more than four years lapses between inspections. The fee charged yearly to the property owners is to cover this requirement.

Emergency services levy

The Emergency Services levy is a State Government charge applicable to all properties in WA, which is invoiced and collected by local governments on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). The levy provides fire and emergency services including fire stations, volunteer fire brigades, SES units and more. The amount to be collected, and the applicable rates and charging parameters, are declared annually by the Minister of Emergency Services. For more information, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or call on free-call 1300 136 099. Late payment interest will accrue daily at a rate of 11 % per annum.

Emergency Services Levy

What is the total rates, fees and charges outstanding for 2018/2019?

The total amount payable as shown on the rates notice and due on the due date.

What is my property assessment number?

The Assessment Number is a unique number allocated to the property and required for when you contact the City of Vincent’s Rates Department.

The Gross Rental Valuation (GRV) as set by Landgate

The GRV is an annual rental value determined by the Valuer General once every 3 years in the metropolitan area. This means that properties are valued on their potential rental income rather that the capital value. Property owners may lodge a written objection to the valuation within 60 days of issue of the notice, addressed to vs@landgate.wa.gov.au or the Valuer General , PO Box 2222, Midland WA 6936. For further information visit Landgate’s website www.landgate.wa.gov.au or call 08 9273 7341.

What are the payment options for my rates?

Payment options

Payment in full, or the amount of the first instalment shown overleaf, must be received by the due date shown unless an alternative arrangement has been agreed upon. Where the total due (OPTION 1) is received by the due date no administration fee or interest is applicable.

Ratepayers may elect to pay this account by four instalments. The due dates for payment of rates by instalments for the 2018/2019 rating year are:

Installment Due Dates

Instalment Number

Due Date

1st Installment

31 August 2018

2nd Installment

31 October 2018

3rd Installment

4 January 2019

4th Installment

4 March 2019

An administration fee and instalment interest will be levied if this option is selected. Instalment interest is calculated at 5.5% of the instalment arrears. The payment of any arrears and interest accrued must be included in the first instalment. Ratepayers will not be eligible for the instalment option if any arrears or interest is outstanding at the date payment of the first instalment is due.

Ratepayers experiencing financial hardship should contact the City of Vincent rates Department prior to the due date to discuss alternative payment options.

Can I pay my rates in installments?

Providing that requirements for eligibility for the Rates Instalment Payment Option have been met, a ratepayer may pay their rates over four instalments.

To qualify for the instalment option, ratepayers must pay any arrears and the full amount of the first instalment by the due date for instalment number 1.
 
The payment must be received by the City by close of business on that date. No responsibility can be taken for any delays encountered in the delivery of the mail.

The due dates for payment of rates by instalments for the 2018/2019 rating year are:

Instalment Number

Due Date

1st Instalment

31 August 2018

2nd Instalment

31 October 2018

3rd Instalment

4 January 2019

4th Instalment

4 March 2019

Rate in the dollar for 2018/2019 rates

This is the rate in the dollar and fees and charges adopted by Council.

  • The rate in the dollar for Residential category is 0.06475
  • The rate in the dollar for Other category is 0.06619
  • The rate in the dollar for Vacant-Commercial is 0.12628

What is my Customer Reference Number?

The Customer Reference Number is a unique number allocated to the assessment and required for when you make a payment. Do not enter any spaces between the numbers.

Deferment of rates

For those ratepayers who have a Pensioner Card, State Concession Card or Seniors Card and Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card registered on their property, the deferment option may apply. 

Deferment of the payment of Council rates means that the pensioner does not have to pay their Council rates each year (Deferment only applies to Rates, Water Rates and Emergency Service Levy only, all other charges must be paid in full) . When the balance payable as shown on the  Council rates notice is not paid by the 30th June of the financial year, the pensioner rebate will be reversed and the full amount of Council rates will be transferred to a deferred account for those eligibile pensioners. This deferred amount sits in a separate account and does not accrue interest and will remain as a debt against the property. Deferred rates become payable in full when the property sells or the pensioner passes away or ceases to reside in the property as their 'ordinary place of residence'. 

The deferred rates balance:

  • remains as a debt on the property until paid;
  • becomes payable in full upon the passing of the pensioner or if the property is sold or if the pensioner ceases to reside in the property.
  • may be paid at any time, BUT you do not receive any concession when they are paid (you forfeit any concession you may have been entitled to within the financial year)
  • does not incur penalty interest charges. 

Please note that  life tenants, pensioners in receipt of a proportionate rebate (where they are not receiving the full 50% rebate) and Senior Card holders are NOT entitled to defer their rates and must pay the balance on their account in full by the 30th June of the financial year to claim their rebate. Should they fail to pay their portion of the Council rates by the 30th June of the financial year the rebate is forfeited and the full amount of Council rates will become arrears on the property. These arrears are payable in full immediately irrespective of whether a rebate is registered on the property and may be subject to debt recovery if they remain unpaid. 

Any rebate not claimed by the 30th June of the financial year is forfeited and cannot be claimed at a later date. To claim your rebate you MUST pay your portion of the Council rates by the 30th June of the financial year.

How do I let the City know I changed my address?

It is essential that the City has the correct postal address recorded for each of its ratepayers. This is needed not only to ensure that the Council rate notices are promptly received but also to ensure that when the City undertakes community consultation that all affected ratepayers are notified.
To protect ratepayers against unauthorised changes of address in the City's records, we require all changes of address to be completed in writing. You can submit the electronic change of address form below or you can email the City of Vincent at mail@vincent.wa.gov.au or you can submit your change of address details in writing to the City of Vincent, PO Box 82, Leederville WA 6902.

Change of address form

Interim rates

Some ratepayers may receive amended rate notices during the year called Interim Rates Notices. These notices are required to be issued if the Valuer General's Office considers that the Gross Rental Value (GRV) of a ratepayers' property has changed.

Any alteration to the property could cause the GRV of your property to be re-assessed by the Valuer General's Office. Typical events which could trigger a revaluation and the need to issue an Interim Rates Notice include:

  • Creation of a new property
    (If a lot is created from a subdivision, amalgamation or strata title)
  • Improvements or additions to the property
    (Installation of a swimming pool, construction of a garage or carport or the addition of a bedroom)
  • Demolition of a property
    (This is usually the first step in the redevelopment of a site and only the first in a series of interim rate adjustments)
  • Removal of a swimming pool

When a new or amended valuation is supplied by the Valuer General's Office, a reason for the amendment and effective date of the valuation is also provided. This information will be shown on your Interim Rates Notice.

How do I appeal against the GRV of my Property?

Determinations of Gross Rental Values (GRV) used in calculating rates are supplied to local governments by the Valuer General's Office. Any objection against the valuation must be made in writing within 60 days of issue to:

Valuer General's Office
PO Box 2222
MIDLAND WA 6936 

For further information visit www.landgate@wa.gov.au or contact (08) 9273 7341.

Where an objection to the Valuer General has been made, the full amount of rates is still due and payable 35 days from date of issue of the rate notice. Any decision resulting from the objection or subsequent Land Tribunal hearing will be retrospectively adjusted.

Penalty interest on overdue amounts

To ensure that the many ratepayers who pay their rates accounts to the City by the due dates are not disadvantaged, the City of Vincent has resolved that it will charge interest on rates balances which remain unpaid after the due date.

Section 6.51 of the Local Government Act and the Local Government Financial Management Regulations provide for interest to be charged on 'Overdue Amounts' which are defined as rates which remain outstanding beyond the due date specified on the Annual Rates Notice.

The maximum interest rate which can be charged on outstanding rates amounts is determined by the Local Government Financial Management Regulations. Currently, this amount is set at 11% per annum or 0.0301% per day and is calculated daily on amounts that are not paid within 35 days of the issue date of the notice.

Pro-rata provisions 

You must immediately advise both the Water Corporation and your Local Government if your circumstances change at any time. For example, notification is required if:

  • you are issued with a new card or your card is cancelled or expires;
  • your original application details will or have changed;
  • you sell or transfer an interest in all, or part, of your property or move to another address;
  • as a senior (card issued by the Department of Local Government & Communities) you become an eligible pensioner or the holder of a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card; or
  • you or your spouse ceases occupation of the property.

Who pays local government rates?

The City of Vincent levies rates each year to fund Council services such as maintenance of parks, library services, roads, health, sanitation, building control and operation of recreational facilities.

Annual Rates Notices are issued by the City of Vincent early in the financial year and are due 35 days from the date of issue.

Anyone owning residential or commercial property in the City of Vincent is a ratepayer of the City and is required to pay rates. Some government bodies, educational and registered charitable organisations are exempt from paying Council rates.

How to pay my rates?

You can pay your City of Vincent rates online via Pay Rates.

Pay Rates

Other Payment Options

Pay your rates online (credit cards - MasterCard & Visa only)
Payment via BPay using your savings, cheque or credit account
Pay over the phone using credit cards (MasterCard & Visa)
1300 276 468
In person at Australia Post
Online at www.postbillpay.com.au
Pay over the phone 13 18 16
Mail to: City of Vincent, PO Box 82, Leederville WA 6902
In person at the Administration & Civic Centre (office hours only)
Payment by Cash, Cheque, Money Order, EFTPOS (No Cash Out), MasterCard, Visa Card & Bankcard (no American Express or Diners Club).

Payment by cash, cheque or money order is welcomed. The City of Vincent has EFTPOS facilities and accepts MasterCard, Visa and BankCard but NOT American Express or Diners Club

Information on Concessions

Am I eligible for a concession?

To receive a concession you must:

  • hold one or more of the appropriate Pensioner or Seniors Cards as detailed below;
  • be the owner or co-owner of the property or have a right to reside at the property under the terms of a Probated Will as at 1 July; and
  • occupy the property as your 'ordinary place of residence'.

Where the property is subject to co-ownership, a partial concession may apply. Pensioners in receipt of a partial concession are not entitled to defer their annual rates.

Where a 'right to reside' at the property under the terms of a Probated Will exists, you will need to provide a copy of the appropriate documents when registering.

The concessions applying to each type of eligible card are detailed below:

Seniors Card (SC) ONLY

  • you are entitled to receive up to a 25% rebate on your Annual Rates, Water Service Charges and Emergency Services Levy
  • the rebate will be capped at a maximum of $100.00.
  • the deferment option will NOT be available.

Seniors Card (SC) AND a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC)

  • you are entitled to receive up to a 50% rebate on your Annual Rates, Water Service Charges and Emergency Services Levy
  • the rebate will be capped at a maximum of $750.00.
  • you may be entitled to defer your Annual Rates, Water Service Charges and Fire and Emergency Services Levy.
  • the rebate will be limited to a maximum amount.

Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) OR State Concession Card (SCC)

  • you are entitled to receive up to a 50% rebate on your Rates, Annual Water Service Charges and Emergency Services Levy
  • the rebate will be capped at a maximum of $750.00.
  • you may be entitled to defer your Annual Rates, Water Service Charges and Fire and Emergency Services Levy
  • A maximum cap applies on your Council & Water rates.

What type of concessions are available?

You have the choice of either a REBATE on, or the DEFERMENT of, your Annual Water Service Charges, Local Government Rates and Fire and Emergency Services Levy.

To obtain a Rebate on your Rates, Water Service Charges and Emergency Services Levy you will need to pay the amount indicated on your notice by 30 June of the current financial year. (Refer to section How do I apply for a concession?)

Your Rates, Water Service Charges and Emergency Services Levy will automatically be deferred, where you are eligible, if the amount required to be paid to receive a rebate is not paid by 30 June of the current financial year.

The deferment option is not available where the property:

  • is occupied under a life tenancy or right of residency under the terms of a Probated Will of a deceased estate or
  • subject to co-ownership other than with a spouse/de facto partner) or
  • you have eligibility for a Senior Concession only.

Please note, if the deferment option is not available, you must pay the amount indicated on your Rates or Water Service Charges notice before 30 June of the current financial year to receive the rebate.

Where can I get more information about concession cards?

WA SENIORS CARD
Department of Local Government and Communities (WA Government)
Phone: (08)6551 8800 Country: 1800 671 233
8:30am to 4pm weekdays (except public holidays)

COMMONWEALTH SENIORS HEALTH CARD OR PENSIONERS CONCESSION CARD
Centrelink (Commonwealth Government)
Phone: 13 23 00
Commonwealth Department of Veteran Affairs
Phone: 9366 8222 or
Country 1800 113 304

STATE CONCESSION CARD
Family and Children's Services (WA Government)
Phone: 9222 2555 or
Country 1800 622 258

How do I apply for a concession?

To apply for a concession, phone the Water Corporation Rebate Application Line on 1300 659 951 to submit a rebate application form over the telephone.

Alternatively you can submit a completed application form (available at the City of Vincent administration centre), together with a photocopy of both sides of your concession card (s) to either:

  • Water Corporation or
  • City of Vincent.

To receive a Rates, Water Service Charges and Fire and Emergency Services Levy concession, you must register with either the Water Corporation or your Local Government. Your one application will be registered at both organisations.

Your applications for registration will be effective from the day that either the Water Corporation or your Local Government first receives a completed registration form.

IMPORTANT

You can only claim a concession or deferment (where eligible) on one (1) property in any one rating year. This applies to the property owned and occupied as at 1 July.

Where arrears of your Annual Rates, Water Service Charges or Fire and Emergency Services Levy exist, a concession may be available where you enter into, and satisfy, a payment arrangement to clear the arrears.