Rates

Summary of Rates and Charges 2014/2015

Assessed Annual Value (AAV)

Rates are based on each property’s Assessed Annual Value (AAV), which is the estimated rental value of the property. Tasmanian Government Valuers determine the AAV approximately every six years, together with the land and capital values, and these values are adjusted every two years based on indexation factors.

General Rate

Huon Valley Council levies a General Rate of 8.019535 per cent of the AAV on all properties in the municipality, except where land is exempt under Section 87 of the Local Government Act 1993. Under Section 90(4) of the Act, Council has set a minimum General Rate payment of $308.

Fire Service Act 1979 Contributions

The State Fire Service Rate is levied on behalf of the Tasmanian Government to contribute toward funding the Tasmania Fire Service. There are two categories, depending on whether or not the area is serviced by a Volunteer Fire Brigade:

General Land Fire District
  • The General Land Fire District Rate is 0.31035 per cent of the AAV, and is applied to all rateable land in the General Land Fire District (which excludes all land contained within the Volunteer Brigade Rating Districts). The minimum amount payable is $37.
Volunteer Brigade Fire Rate
  • The Volunteer Brigade Fire Rate is 0.37095 per cent of the AAV on all rateable land in the Cygnet, Dover, Franklin, Geeveston and Huonville Volunteer Brigade Rating Districts. The minimum amount payable is $37.

Service Rates and Charges

Stormwater Removal Charge

Council applies a stormwater removal charge of $95 on all rateable land for which a stormwater service is provided.

Waste Management – Kerbside Collection Charges

Council applies a service charge for kerbside collection of rubbish and recycling, on all rateable land where the service is offered.

The charge varies according to the contents and size of the bin being collected:

  • $133 for each 120 litre mobile garbage bin
  • $178 for each 240 litre mobile garbage bin
  • $68 for each mobile recycling bin

Remissions

Under Section 129 of the Local Government Act 1993, a rates remission is granted to rateable land that has been covenanted for conservation in perpetuity under either the Private Forest Reserves Program or the Protected Areas on Private Land Program.

The remission is $5 per hectare, with a minimum remission per rateable property of $103 and a maximum remission per rateable property of $500 – provided that the minimum general rate will not be less than $205 per rateable property.

Lessees and licencees who hold leases and licences from the Crown in relation to jetties/slipways and boatsheds so that the total general rate applicable do not exceed $95.00. Fire service contributions and service charges where applicable are to be levied.

Payment

All rates and charges are payable by four instalments which are due on the following dates:

  • 15 August 2014
  • 31 October 2014
  • 30 January 2015
  • 30 April 2015

Default in Payment of Rates Instalment

If a ratepayer fails to pay any instalment within twenty one (21) days of the date on which the rates are due, the Council may require the ratepayer to pay the full amount owing, under Section 124 (5) of the Act.

Late Payments

If any amount of rates or charges, or an instalment, remains unpaid after the date on which they fall due, the Council will impose a penalty of 3% of the outstanding amount, and charge interest of 10% per annum, calculated daily.

A copy of the Council’s rates resolution is available here, or by inspection at the Council’s Customer Service Centre.