FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When will new rates be issued?

August 2016

What is GRV?

Gross Rental Value. This is a valuation forwarded to Council by the Valuer Generals Office for your property.

It is worked out by the Valuer General as an estimate of:

Properties with dwellings: the amount of gross annual rent that the land might reasonably be expected to realise if let on a tenancy from year to year upon condition that the landlord were liable for all rates, taxes and other charges thereon and the insurance and other outgoings necessary to maintain the value of the land.

Vacant Land: the Valuer General calculates the value based on 5% of the capital value of the land (effectively the marked price).

What is UV?

Unimproved Value is set on the capital amount that an estate of fee simple in the land might reasonably expect to realise upon sale, assuming that any improvements to the land had not been made.

How are the rates worked out?

Rates are worked out by multiplying the Valuation supplied by the VG (either GRV or UV) for each property, by the rate in the dollar, which is set annually by Council at budget time.

What are the rates collected used for?

Rates are used to build and maintain the Shire’s roads, parks, gardens, and sporting facilities. They are also used to fund the library, tourism, youth services, volunteer SES, fire brigade and other community projects.

How is the overdue interest calculated?

The overdue interest is worked out at 11% per annum calculated on a daily basis. This is only on the rates and ESL components, not on the services.

For example:

  • Total Bill: $1560.00
  • Rubbish: $260.00
  • ESL: $68.00
  • Rates $1232.00
  • Rates + ESL = $1300 x 11%=$143.00/365=$0.39
  • Interest will be $0.39 per day

The Shire of Waroona apply the interest at the end of each month.

What is the Emergency Services Levy?

The ESL is a State Government charge that your Council collects on behalf of the Dept of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). All property owners must pay the ESL to help fund the fire and emergency services in Western Australia. Local Government is required to collect the ESL on behalf of the Dept of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) by including it on all Local Government rates notices. Local Government sends all money collected to DFES.

The ESL was introduced by the State Government on 1 July 2003, to fund Western Australias fire and emergency services. The ESL funds State Government approved operating costs and capital equipment purchases for the Career Fire and Rescue Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Brigades, State Emergency Service and Multi-service DFES Units.

Operating costs include running and maintaining buildings and vehicles, person protective equipment and operational consumables. Capital equipment includes fire fighting appliances, vehicles and buildings. The ESL also funds training of volunteers, community safety programs, emergency management planning, the Dept of Fire and Emergency Service's (DFES’s) Emergency Management Services and DFES’s corporate services costs.

For further information, please refer to the Emergency Services Levy brochure available from our office or call 1300 136 099.

What does my refuse collection fee cover?

The refuse collection fee includes a weekly pick up of your green rubbish bin and a fortnightly pickup of your yellow recycling bin. Those paying the refuse collection fee are also allocated a tip pass for use at the Buller Road Refuse Site. This pass is allocated with your rates on an annual basis.