The rates paid on properties are calculated based on the operating requirements of the City of Belmont. The rates you pay are a proportionate share of what is needed by the City to provide local services and facilities. That is, if your property has greater potential rental return than your neighbour’s, you will pay a higher share of the total rates charged by Council.
Local Governments apply a rate in the dollar that is multiplied by the properties’ gross rental valuation to obtain the rate amount for each property. Please note that a Gross Rental Valuation (GRV) is applied generally in town sites and suburbs, such as the City of Belmont, and an Unimproved Valuation (UV) is applied in rural areas.
Rates can also increase if your property increases in potential rental value faster than others in your area. For example, if you make improvements to your home that increase its rental value then your share of rates will increase. However, changes to property values that affect the whole market – such as times of boom and recession – do not directly affect rates as the comparative value between neighbouring properties often remains the same.
Local Government budgets and consequently funds required through rates are also affected by changes to charges by other sectors of Government such as electricity pricing.
This is because your rates are not directly linked to movements in the property market – only the value of your property compared with your neighbours’. If rates were directly linked to the property market then rates would be far greater than currently. Using each Local Government’s budget as the starting point for setting the amount of rates required, protects ratepayers from increases that are not directly aligned with the provision of services – such as property value increases.
There are two options to object or appeal your rates:
Pensioners with a valid seniors’ or concession card are entitled to reductions depending on their status on Council rates, water charges and the Emergency Services Levy. The State Government caps the rebate to pensioners at 50% of their rates up to $750. To find out more click here.
The City understands that people may be experiencing financial hardship which makes it difficult to meet all of their financial commitments when they are due. Please contact the City of Belmont Rates Department on 9477 7222 to arrange a suitable payment arrangement.
The City recognises the challenges of COVID-19 may result in financial hardship for ratepayers and Council has adopted a Hardship Policy to ensure the City offers fair, equitable and consistent support, while treating all members of the community with respect and understanding at this difficult time. To find out more about the support available through the Hardship Policy, click here.
The Gross Rental Value, or GRV, represents the gross annual rental that a property might reasonably be expected to earn annually if it were rented, including rates, taxes, insurance and other outgoings.
The GRV is calculated for all rateable and leviable properties in Western Australia by Landgate regardless of whether the property is being rented or owner occupied.
For full details on this matter, please contact Landgate (Office of the Valuer General). Several attributes and constraints are considered when determining the Gross Rental Value (GRV) of a property. These may include:
Your property’s GRV is listed on your rates notice issued annually by the City. It can also be obtain by contacting the City or Landgate.
The City of Belmont is one of the few WA Local Governments that still offer a discount, 5%, when rates are paid in full by the due date.
To be eligible for the discount, the account must be finalised by the due date as shown on the original rate notice. If you would like to make a payment, please click here. The City of Belmont strictly enforces the due date for payment of rates for ratepayers to be eligible for the discount. Please be aware that rates received after the due date will not be eligible for the discount. Please allow additional time for BPay payments and delays when sending payments via post. All Mail is receipted the day it is received.
The City of Belmont offers three options for payment of rates.
In order to be eligible for options 2 or 3 it is very important that the first payment is made on the due date shown on your original rate notice. If the appropriate payment is not received by the due date, the instalment options are automatically deleted from your account. You will also start to incur late payment penalties. If you wish to take advantage of option 2 or 3 but are unable to make the first payment by the due date, please notify the rates department in writing before the due date detailing the circumstances and your estimated payment date. If approved, your account may be manually adjusted so that you can still take advantage of the instalment option. All instalment notices are issued approximately four weeks before payment is due. If an instalment is overdue, it will accrue penalties until it is paid in full. Please email the rates department at email@example.com if you have any queries.
When any changes occur to your property, the Valuer General’s Office will provide Council with a valuation effective from the first of the month following the completion of that change.
This may include:
The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) is a State Government charge that is collected by the City of Belmont on behalf of Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). The charge is an important contribution to fund our fire fighters, both employed and volunteer, including Fire and Rescue Services, and Bush Fire Brigade. If you have any enquires relating to the levy, please contact the DFES on 1300 136 099 or visit their website.
The ESL is calculated on your rates account using a valuation, GRV, supplied by the Valuer General's Department. The rate in the dollar used to calculate your levy is determined each year by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
The minimum payment ensures that all ratepayers make at least a minimum contribution, regardless of the value of their GRV, to the cost of providing the services that are available to the community.
The City is permitted to charge up to 50% of its rate payers the minimum payment. In 2020/21 27% of residential properties will be charged the minimum payment.
This is an increase from almost 25% in 2019/20 due to the overall decrease in residential GRVs across the City.
The minimum payment for residential properties remains unchanged in 2020/21 at $840.
The rate in the dollar, is the set value (usually in cents) applied to each property to determine the rates payable.
How each column in this table is calculated
Total required rates revenue contribution X Total GRV = Rate in the dollar
Differential rates mean that there is a different ‘rate in the dollar’ for different groups e.g. residential, commercial, and industrial.
Applications for support under the Financial Hardship Policy (COVID-19) will be available once rates have been issued in late August 2020.
The rates financial assistance only applies to the rates line as itemised on your rates notice. If other fees, charges or levies listed on your rates notices have increased – such as in the instance of adding a pool to your property which will result in a pool levy being charged – the one off payment will not cover the increase difference.
The one-off payment can only be accessed if a ratepayer has:
Therefore applications to access the one off payment will not open until the rates notices have been issued in late August.
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