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Ratepayers can expect the first rate instalment notice for the financial year to arrive in the mail soon.

Wednesday 31 July 2019

Rate notices are on their way to property owners in Mount Alexander Shire, with the first instalment due at the end of September.

They will arrive in the mail with information on the annual budget and how to read your rates notice.

“Your rate notice includes information such as the amount payable, due dates, property value and payment options,” said Carolyn Ross, Executive Manager, Corporate Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Other items on the rates notice include a waste charge, which assists funding the cost of landfill operations and kerbside collection service, and a Fire Services Property Levy which is charged by and transferred to the Victorian Government.”

The capital improved value for the property is based on a valuation conducted by a qualified, independent valuer.

Average rates income has risen by 2.5 per cent in the 2019/2020 financial year, in line with the Victorian Government’s Fair Go Rates System.

The rate cap applies to the rate revenue collected by Council, and does not apply to waste charges or the Fire Services Property Levy.

Properties are now valued annually so some valuations, and therefore rates, will increase by more and others less.

Council rates go towards the delivery of a range of local services like maternal and child health, home and community care, town planning and library; programs to support the arts, business, tourism, youth development and community projects; and maintenance of local roads, footpaths, bridges, drains, parks and reserves, playgrounds, pools, community buildings and more.

Rates in Mount Alexander Shire are payable by four instalments, with the first instalment due on Monday 30 September 2019. Council issues reminder notices at least 14 days before each instalment with a number of convenient payment options.

Sign up to BPAY View through internet banking to receive your rate notice electronically.
You can also make a payment in person at the Civic Centre or Australia Post, call 1300 486 757 or visit council’s website. Ratepayers who receive Centrelink payments can opt to use Centrepay.

If you haven’t received your rate notice by the middle of August, or are having difficulty paying your rates, please contact Council on 5471 1700. For more information visit website www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/rates.


Image: Rates support more than 100 Council services including home and community care, roads, bridges, Maternal and Child Health, playspaces and much more.


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