Kyabram Free Press

Rate notices on their way

- By Max Stainkamph

Rate notices are being sent out to more than 20,000 property owners within the Campaspe Shire.

Campaspe Shire Council general manager of corporate Fleur Cousins said many residents would have already received their rate notificati­ons via email or Bpay View, with the remainder under way via post.

“Rate revenue makes up approximat­ely half of council’s income stream which contribute­s to the capital works program and assists in delivering more than 100 services to the community,” Ms Cousins said.

The Victorian Government has set the 2021/22 rate cap at 1.5%, which council has met.

Rates are calculated based on a property’s value (Capital Improved Value or CIV) along with its rating category.

So, for example, a residentia­l property valued at $350,000 would pay $1,391.25 in rates (based on the general land rating category of 0.0039750 cents/ $CIV) plus the $200 municipal charge, which is applied to all rateable properties to recover part of council’s administra­tive costs.

The notice sets out the due dates for payments by instalment­s, which are September 30, November 30, February 28 and May 31 and also the date for paying in full — February 15, 2022.

Rates can be paid via direct debit, BPAY, in person at a council office or Australia Post customer service centre, or by credit card.

Ratepayers who have elected to pay by direct debit on an ongoing basis do not need to do anything as the direct debit authorisat­ion will continue.

“You can join the many residents who now receive their notice via email by following the instructio­ns included on the rate notice,” Ms Cousins said.

“Any ratepayer facing genuine financial hardship in paying their rates is urged to contact council as soon as possible to discuss their individual circumstan­ces.”

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