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Your Rates at Work
Ballarat City Council has kept its post-election
promise to Ballarat residents to cap rate
increases overall at 4%.
Individual rate increases/decreases will vary
depending on the affect of the revaluation.
In 2012-13 the rate increase in Ballarat will
among the lowest in Victoria. Ballarat residents
will be spared the impact of the carbon pricing
and 30% increase in energy prices in 2012-13
as Council had absorbed these costs and kept
rates capped overall at 4%.
The rating strategy has been reviewed to more
equitably share the rates costs across the
Recreation 1 Clubs Rebate
Local not for profit Sporting and Community
Clubs classified as Recreation1 will receive a
full rate rebate.
Single Aged Pensioner Rebate
Single aged pensioners living in their own
home will receive a rates rebate of $70.
Economic Development & Tourism Levy
Recognising the difficult economic climate,
the Levy will be removed and absorbed into
the Commercial rate with the majority of
commercial ratepayers paying no more, and
many will pay less, rates in 2012/13 and
Gaming Venue Rate
Commercial gaming (EGM) operators will be
rated at a higher rate than other commercial
ratepayers recognising the impact of gaming in
As a ratepayer you are investing in the future of
Ballarat. Rates income is essential for the delivery
of services, projects and assets that make Ballarat
a great place to live and do business.
The City of Ballarat provides more than 100
services to ratepayers and visitors each year and
its annual budget aims to balance the services and
infrastructure that ratepayers require now while
providing for future population growth.
How are my rates calculated?
The City of Ballarat uses the Capital Improved
Value (CIV) method which takes into account
the total market value of the land, buildings and
improvements. The formula for calculating rates
is: CIV x rate in the dollar. This excludes any
additional charges or arrears.
How is the valuation of my property worked out?
A professional valuer is contracted by Council to
build a profile for each different property type.
This is based on recent sales and leasing data.
This information is then applied to individual
properties, taking into account the different
characteristics of each property.
Data is compiled on each Ballarat property
according to Valuation Best Practice guidelines.
The data includes things such as land area,
building size, building condition, construction
material, age, available services, topography
code, land usage and zoning.
Does the same rate apply to all properties?
Council applies different rates in the dollar for
residential, rural residential, commercial, gaming
venues, industrial, farm and recreational properties.
For information on these different rates or
categories, visit www.ballarat.vic.gov.au or call
the Valuation/Rates Hotline on 1300 137 370.
Will the valuation of my property change?
The State Government requires all Victorian
councils to conduct revaluations of all properties
in the municipalities every two years to ensure
rates reflect current market trends. Rates for
2012/13 will be based on valuations, as at
market levels, on 1 January 2012.
Increased property values do not increase the
total amount of money a council collects in
rates - it redistributes the amount of rates paid
between individual properties. Some ratepayers
will pay more and some will pay less, depending
on the new value of their property relative to
other properties in the municipality.
What is a supplementary valuation?
A supplementary valuation is carried out when
changes are made to the status of a property,
i.e . when buildings are altered, erected or
demolished or when properties are amalgamated,
subdivided, rezoned, affected by road
construction, or when portions are sold off.
Supplementary valuations are performed as
required between revaluations.
Can I object to a valuation?
Yes. For more information, call the
Valuation/Rates Hotline at 1300 137 370.
Why do my rates include a service charge?
The Waste Management Service Charge covers
both the weekly collection and disposal of
household waste and fortnightly collection and
disposal of recyclables. Residential properties
that are provided with a waste removal service
will be charged a total of $215 per property in
Council Rate Waiver for Eligible Single
Eligible pensioners who live alone in their own
homes and are solely responsible for the payment
of rates and charges on that property will benefit
from a $70 waiver on their residential rate bill in
the 2012/2013 financial year. Council provides the
rate relief to assist with cost of living pressures.
For information about the Rate Waiver, and/or the
State Government funded rebate, call the City of
Ballarat’s Customer Service Centre at 5320 5500,
or the Revenue unit at 5320 5750.
Calculating my rates
Calculating my rates
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