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Rates and charges

Your Rates and Charges in 2017/2018

2017/18 Ordinary rates

Council 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 approved Council's application in May 2017.  The proposed additional revenue generated by the increased rates will be primarily spent on asset renewal, particularly the road network.

Council’s 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 proposal after consideration of feedback received from the community following consultation on the proposed special rates variation and consideration of alternate rating scenarios.

The 2017/18 rating structure was reported and adopted on 22 June 2017 by Council after public exhibition. 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.

The 2017/18 rating structure is provided within the following table

2017/18 Rating Structure – 7.5% Increase

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

0.1935

374

0

0

0

0.00%

0.00%

TOTALS

15,328

 

 

5,366

21,235,658

1,385

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

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 constraints restrict 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 activity 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 volumes 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.

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