Rating Strategy

The new Rating Strategy adopted by Council on 13 April includes a number of changes to Council's existing approach that have benefits to the community including:

  • A differential rate for commercial properties (including properties with six or more bedrooms which are rented out as holiday accommodation) ;
  • A differential rate for tourist accommodation properties (those with five or less bedrooms);
  • An additional pensioner rebate of $40 per eligible rateable property; and
  • A rating concession of 75% to those volunteer managed and operated, not for profit community clubs that are located on rateable land.

Rates and charges are an important source of revenue for Council, accounting for approximately 60% of the total underlying operating revenue received annually. The balance is almost equally comprised of government grants and user fees (mainly caravan park income). However Council is committed to minimising rate increases as outlined in its Council Plan.

Council's Rating Strategy - 13 April 2016