Infrastructure levies

Infrastructure – Primary Rate

Infrastructure – Primary Rate plus the Ordinary General Residential and Business Rates together represent the total notional rates income of Council excluding the rates received from the two special rate variations.

The Infrastructure – Primary Rate is used to maintain and renew Infrastructure assets. These include parks, sport fields, roads, footpaths, kerb and gutter, road structures and street furniture, Council buildings and car parks.

In 2017/2018 the total Infrastructure – Primary Rate revenue is approximately $23 million.

The Infrastructure – Primary Rate is broken into two components; a base amount of $268 plus an ad valorem component based on the land value. The purpose of a base amount is to allow a fairer distribution of the rates burden between higher and lower valued properties. It recognises that owners of properties with lower land values, such as units, use Council facilities/infrastructure just as much as owners of properties with higher land values and therefore should be paying similar amounts.

The base amount component raises 50% of the total Infrastructure – Primary Rate with the ad valorem component raising the other 50% of the total Infrastructure – Primary Rate – you can see them as two separate lines on your bill.

Infrastructure - Special Rate Variation

Since 2001 Council has had approval from the State Government to raise additional rates revenue for renewal of Council roads which are in poor condition.

On 26 November 2013 Council resolved to apply to IPART under Section 508(2) of the Local Government Act to continue the special rate variation for infrastructure permanently. Council has been granted an approval from IPART for the permanent continuation of the five per cent (5%) Infrastructure - Special Rate Variation.

In 2017/2018 the Infrastructure – Special Rate Variation amounts to approximately $2.8 million.

The Infrastructure – Special Rate Variation is broken into two components; a base amount of $32 plus an ad valorem component based on the land value. The base amount component raises 50% of the total Infrastructure – Special Rate Variation with the ad valorem component raising the other 50% of the total Infrastructure – Special Rate Variation you can see them as two separate lines on your bill.

More information on the Special Rate Variation for Infrastructure