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Rates and charges

Your Rates and Charges in 2016/2017

Each year the Independent Pricing and Regularity Tribunal (IPART) determines the maximum percentage by which Councils can increase their total "General income" from the previous year.  This is called the Variation of General Income (Rate Pegging).  The General Variation Percentage Increase is set to 1.8% in 2016/2017.

It does not necessarily mean that each separate rate assessment will increase by that percentage, but it does mean that the total general income from all assessments cannot exceed this figure.

To pay your rates online click here.

2016/17 Ordinary rates

All rateable land is subject to pay ordinary rates.

Revenue generated by rates fund general services provided to the community such as roads, sporting grounds, parks and gardens, libraries and other community projects.

The two principles of rating are;

  • Ability to pay principle – This method assumes there is a relationship between land valuations and the ability to pay rates.
  • The benefit principle – this is essentially a "user pays" principle.

The rates you pay are determined by your property’s rating categorisation and land valuation. Rates are calculated by multiplying a property’s land valuation by the rate in the dollar set for the property’s rating classification, with a minimum amount payable per property imposed.

Council’s total revenue generated by rates is restricted from year to year by legislation known as rate pegging. The rate pegging limit set for 2016/17 was 1.8%. This limit applies to total revenue which means that individual property rates may fluctuate as a result of changes in land valuations, rating categorisation or changes to Council’s rating structure from year to year.

Your land valuation is determined by the State Government – Valuer General’s Office. Updated land valuations are usually supplied every three years for equity purposes. Council does not generate any additional revenue when new land valuations are received; they simply redistribute the rate burden between properties.

Although Council must levy rates using land valuations and must also conform to legislative rating requirements, it has some flexibility in adopting what it considers to be the fairest and most equitable rating structure. Council has traditionally and like many Councils required business categorised properties to pay proportionality more of the rate burden than other categories.  Council has for many years also created a separate rating sub-category of the Business rate related to business properties in the Byron Bay CBD.

2016/17 ordinary land rates and revenue generated by council is outlined in the following table.

Rating Category   (s514-518)

Name of
sub-category

Number of Assess-ments

Rate in the Dollar ($)

Minimum Rate ($)

Assessments on Minimum

2016/17 Income

Average Rate ($)

Proportion of Income

Proportion of Assess-ments

Residential

 

13,113

0.002302

695

4,298

14,923,528

1,138

75.98%

86.6%

Residential

Flood

28

0.002302

382

21

10,736

383

0.05%

0.2%

Business

 

1,099

0.003453

695

424

2,274,308

2,069

11.58%

7.3%

Business

Byron Bay CBD

352

0.004604

695

108

1,561,890

4,437

7.95%

2.3%

Farmland

 

543

0.001697

695

10

871,493

1,605

4.44%

3.6%

TOTAL

 

15,135

   

4,861

19,641,955

1,298

100.00%

100.0%

You can calculate your property’s rates by entering your land valuations* and rating category into our Rates calculator. This calculator will provide your 2016/17 rate calculation (using your 2015 base date land valuation) and also your estimated 2017/18 rate (using your new 2016 base date land valuation).

*You can obtain your land valuations from the NSW Valuer General by clicking on this link http://www.valuergeneral.nsw.gov.au/land_values/access_land_values

Draft 2017/18 Ordinary rates

Council has applied to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to increase its total revenue generated by rates by 7.5% per annum for the next four rating years commencing from 2017/18. IPART will announce the outcome of Council’s special rate variation application during May 2017. The proposed additional revenue generated by the increased rates will be primarily spent on asset renewal, particularly the road network.

Detailed information regarding this proposal can be viewed by visiting IPART’s website.

Council’s draft revenue policy for 2017/18 is currently on public exhibition with submissions closing on 18 May 2017.

The draft revenue policy forms part of the Draft 2017/18 Operational Plan and draft 2017/18 ordinary rate information can be viewed from page 75.

Council’s draft 2017/18 rating structure retains a minimum rating structure similar to 2016/17 however, the proportion of rates paid by business and farmland categorised properties has been increased and residential reduced. The rate revenue as a percentage of total rate revenue proposed to be generated from business properties within the Byron Bay CBD has increased from 7.95% to 8.50% and all other business properties within the shire from 11.58% to 12.50%. Council has determined this draft proposal after consideration of feedback received from the community following consultation on the proposed special rates variation and consideration of alternate rating scenarios.

The draft 2017/18 rating structure was reported and adopted for the purposes of public exhibition by Council at their Ordinary Meeting held on 20 April 2017. Click here to view the Council report (see item 13.7).  This report includes further information about the proposed changes to the 2017/18 rating structure and includes comparative data, specifically in regard to business properties.

Council is required to advertise two draft rating structures for 2017/18 due to its application for a special rate variation, which are provided in the following tables.

Draft 2017/18 Rating Structure – 7.5% Increase (estimated rating structure if Council’s special rate variation application is successful)

Category or Sub-Categories

Number of Assess-ments

Rate in the Dollar ($)

Minimum Rate ($)

Assessments on Minimum

Total 2017/18 Income ($)

Average Rate ($)

Proportion of Income

Proportion of Assess-

ments

Residential

13,311

0.2169

747

4,828

15,701,246

1,180

74.00%

86.80%

Residential - Flood Prone

28

0.2169

374

26

10,782

385

0.01%

0.20%

Business

1,098

0.3715

747

389

2,654,685

2,417

12.50%

7.20%

Business - Byron Bay CBD

349

0.4730

747

110

1,805,272

5,173

8.50%

2.30%

Mining

0

0.3715

747

0

0

0

0.00%

0.00%

Farmland

542

0.1935

747

13

1,063,672

1,963

5.00%

3.50%

Farmland - Flood Prone

0

0.1697

374

0

0

0

0.00%

0.00%

TOTALS

15,328

 

 

5,366

21,235,658

1,385

100.00%

100.00%

Draft 2017/18 Rating Structure – 1.5% Increase (estimated rating structure if Council’s special rate variation application is not successful)

Category or Sub-Categories

Number of Assess-ments

Rate in the Dollar ($)

Minimum Rate ($)

Assessments on Minimum

Total 2017/18 Income ($)

Average Rate ($)

Proportion of Income

Proportion of Assess-

ments

Residential

13,311

0.2049

705

4,828

14,829,330

1,114

74.00%

86.80%

Residential - Flood Prone

28

0.2049

353

26

10,178

363

0.01%

0.20%

Business

1,098

0.3508

705

387

2,506,620

2,282

12.50%

7.20%

Business - Byron Bay CBD

349

0.4466

705

110

1,704,479

4,884

8.50%

2.30%

Mining

0

0.3508

705

0

0

0

0.00%

0.00%

Farmland

542

0.1827

705

13

1,004,300

1,854

5.00%

3.50%

Farmland - Flood Prone

0

0.1827

353

0

0

0

0.00%

0.00%

TOTALS

15,328

 

 

5,364

20,054,907

 

100.00%

100.00%

You can calculate your property’s rates by entering your land valuations and rating category into our Rates calculator. This calculator will provide your 2016/17 rate calculation (using your 2015 base date land valuation) and also your estimated 2017/18 rate (using your new 2016 base date land valuation).

*You can obtain your land valuations from the NSW Valuer General by clicking on this link http://www.valuergeneral.nsw.gov.au/land_values/access_land_values

Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) – new from 2017/18

From 2017/18 all properties will contribute to the funding of fire and emergency services via a State Government levy known as the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL). The FESL will appear on your rate notice (payable quarterly like your rates and charges). This levy was previously collected by insurance companies by those who purchased property insurance. The new levy system is more equitable as it will no longer be those whom have insurance that will only pay the levy. 

Council will collect the FESL on behalf of the State Government.  It is important to note that the FESL revenue is not Council revenue. Council is simply the collection agent for the State Government and all FESL revenue collected is sent to the State Government and not retained by Council.

Council is responsible to determine FESL classifications applicable for each property. All other FESL related queries must be directed to the State Government.

The State Government has established a FESL website that provides extensive information at www.fesl.nsw.gov.au.

Should you disagree with the classification of your property, in the first instance please visit www.fesl.nsw.gov.au for classification definitions.  To request a review, complete and return the FESL Classification Review or Objection Application Form to rates@byron.nsw.gov.au

The following table outlines the FESL rates payable for 2017/18.

 

FESL Classification Code

FESL Classification Description

FESL Fixed Charge per Assessment ($)

FESL Rate in the Dollar ($)

Pensioner Concession per Assessment

RESNV

Residential - Non-Vacant

100

0.000219

50

RESV

Residential - Vacant

50% of RESNV

0

COMNV

Commercial - Non-Vacant

200

0.001791

0

COMV

Commercial - Vacant

50% of COMNV

0

INDNV

Industrial - Non-Vacant

200

0.002687

0

INDV

Industrial - Vacant

50% of INDNV

0

FARM

Farmland

200

0.000235

50

PUBLIC

Public Benefit

100

0.000219

0

GOVT

Government

0

0.000000

0

You can calculate your property’s 2017/18 FESL liability by entering your 2016 base date land valuation* into our Fire and Emergency Services Levy calculator 

*You can obtain your land valuation from the NSW Valuer General by clicking on this link http://www.valuergeneral.nsw.gov.au/land_values/access_land_values

Charges

Waste Management Charges

Byron Shire Council introduced a New 3 Bin Collection service for urban residents in August 2015.

Customers provided with the standard Domestic Waste service were provided with a 240 litre green organics bin which is collected weekly, a 140 litre red landfill bin collected fortnightly and a 240 litre yellow recyclying bin collected fortnightly. This landfill bin is also available in 80 litre and 240 litre sizes.

Where an urban domestic waste service is available but not used by a customer, that customer will be charged a single standard domestic waste service.

Where a rural domestic waste service is available but not used by a customer, that customer will be charged a single ‘Rural Service Availability Charge’.

Council will charge an annual Non Residential Waste charge for all rural customers provided with a waste collection service not of a domestic nature.

Additional charges for both domestic waste and commercial waste are levied for each individual service in excess of a single service.

If the property is vacant land you will be charged  a Domestic Waste Vacant charge until a service is commenced.

Types of waste services available

Urban Domestic Areas

  • Collection of Waste – Choice of 80, 140 or 240 litre landfill bin, collected fortnightly.

  • Collection of Recycling - 240 litre bin, collected fortnightly.

  • Collection of Organics - 240 litre bin for food & garden waste.

Urban commercial and industrial areas

  • Collection of waste - choice of 140 Litre or 240 litre landfill bin, collected weekly.

  • Collection of recycling - co-mingled 240 Litre bin, collected weekly.

Multi unit dwellings (urban areas where sharing is applicable) where space allows for 3 bin service.

  • Collection of waste - 240 litre bin, collected fortnightly, shared between two (2) premises;

  • Collection of recycling - co-mingled 240 litre bin, collected weekly, shared between two (2) premises

  • Collection of Organics - 240 litre bin collected weekly, shared between two (2) premises.

Multi unit dwellings (urban areas where sharing is applicable) where space constrainsts resrict to a 2 bin service.

  • Collection of waste - 240 litre bin, collected weekly, shared between two (2) premises;

  • Collection of recycling - co-mingled 240 litre bin, collected weekly, shared between two (2) premises

Rural areas (for residential and non-residential properties where service is available)

  • Collection of waste - 240 litre bin, collected fortnightly

  • Collection of recycling - co-mingled 240 Litre bin, collected fortnightly

Sewerage Fixed Charges

All residential properties which are within 75 metres of a sewer main and are able to be connected (whether connected or not) will be charged a sewerage fixed charge. This charge is separate to the sewer usage charges levied on your water and sewer usage notice.

Annual sewerage fixed charges for non-residential properties will be proportional to the size of the water meter connection to the property with the minimum charge being equivalent to the residential fixed sewerage charge.

This charge is separate to the sewer usage charge levied on your water and sewer usage notice.

Water Fixed Charges

Water fixed charges apply to all properties to which the service is available, regardless of whether the water is connected to the property or not.

The Water Fixed Charge is determined by the size of the water connection to the property, or if no meter is connected the charge will default to the standard charge for a 20mm connection.

This charge is separate to the water usage charge levied on your water and sewer usage notice.

Liquid Trade Waste Fixed Charges

Liquid Trade Waste means "all liquid waste other than sewage of a domestic nature."

A Liquid Trade Waste Annual Charge is levied against non-residential properties that discharge liquid trade waste but are not required to apply for Council approval.

Other Trade Waste Annual Charges are categorised into Category 1 charged to those businesses which conduct an activity deemed by Council as requiring minimal pre-treatment and are considered low risk, Category 2 charged to those businesses which conduct an actiivity generating medium to high level trade waste that requires a pre-treatment device (grease-trap) to be installed, and Category 3 charged to those businesses which discharge large volimes of liquid trade waste into the sewerage system. 

The purpose of this charge is to cover the costs incurred by Council for the administration and management (including inspections) of these systems.

Stormwater Management Charges

Residential charges

A charge will be levied on all rateable properties within Council’s urban stormwater catchment area.

Residential properties will be levied a flat charge of $25.00 and residential strata title properties will be levied a flat charge of $12.50.

Business charges

A charge will be levied against each eligible business property (not strata titled) within the urban stormwater catchment area based on the total area of the assessment.

A charge of $25.00, plus an additional $25.00 for each 350 sq metres or part thereof by which the area of the parcel of land exceeds 350 sq metres will apply.

A strata complex comprising both business and residential units will be levied a flat charge of $12.50 per unit.

A strata complex comprising of business units will be levied a charge equal to the charge on the total land area of the strata scheme as calculated if it were single title, proportioned by the unit entitlement of each lot in the plan. A minimum charge of $5.00 will apply to each unit.

Any additional information you may require regarding rates and charges can be obtained by contacting Council’s Rates Team on 02 6626 7007.

On-Site Sewerage Management Systems

From 1 July 2013, Council will charge an annual fee for Onsite Sewer Management Systems and this is listed on the rate notice for relevant ratepayers. The fee per annum is $44.00 per OSMS.