Calculating your rates
We use land values to distribute rates across the local government area and this is done by using a combination of the land value of the property and a fixed amount per property.
We currently manage an income of $114 million (including capital grants & contributions).
Rates and annual charges make up 64% of that income.
Council is legally required to levy ratepayers (under the Local Government Act 1993) and unfortunately we are not able to waive rates. However, we can provide residents who have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak with the following assistance for the remainder of the 2019/2020 financial period.
The Council derives a large proportion of its revenue from Council rates, which is essential as it allows us to provide required services and infrastructure to residents of the City. While many services are currently closed, Council still has significant overheads that we must continue to pay, including keeping our staff employed.
As stated above, Council is legally required to levy ratepayers and the 4th quarterly rate instalment must be levied by 30 April 2020 and paid by 31 May 2020. Instalment notices for this quarter will be issued to all ratepayers on 21 April 2020. In recognition of those ratepayers affected by the Coronavirus the Council has implemented a number of options to assist including:
Where ratepayers are unable to pay their rates because of suffering a loss or reduction in employment, Council will approve extended instalment payment plans. Interest penalties can be put on hold during the period of the arrangement.
Requests will be considered on a case by case basis. Contact Council and ask for the Revenue team, on 4780 5000.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is just starting to have its full effects and we understand that small businesses may also experience financial difficulties as a result.
Council can offer arrangements to pay rates and debtor accounts over a period of time, and on an interest free basis. Please contact Council on 4780 5000 and ask to speak to the revenue team.
All requests should be referred to the Council’s Revenue Section so notations can be included on rate and debtor accounts. Contact Council and ask for the Revenue team, on 4780 5000.
All councils levy rates on land within their local government area. We are required by law to charge rates in order to provide essential services to the Blue Mountains community.
Your rates and annual charges help pay for parks, swim centres, sports grounds, walking tracks, libraries, community halls, roads, carparks, footpaths, stormwater pipes, bins, emergency services and more.
Please refer to Council’s Fees and Charges 2019-2020 for the full list of charges in this financial year. Download the document below.
The LEMC has funded Council’s statutory contributions to the Rural Fire Services (RFS) and State Emergency Service (SES), as well as Council’s bushfire and emergency management programs, since 1996-97. It is unique to the Blue Mountains, as the City is located in an at-risk landscape which requires higher levels of emergency service capability than other local government areas. This charge is a flat rate for all properties, regardless of the land value and is itemised separately on the annual rates and charges notice.
This is the amount charged to the property for the Domestic Waste Service. The charge depends on the type of Domestic Waste Service provided at the property eg. Standard, Large, Small. The charge is calculated by multiplying the service charge by the number of services provided.
|Local Emergency Management Charge||$54.12|
|Domestic Waste Standard Service (140L Bin)||$411.70|
|Domestic Waste Large Service (240L Bin)||$553|
|Waste Services Charge (Vacant Land)||$144|
|Domestic Waste Small Recycling Service||$411.70|
|Domestic Waste Large Recycling Service||$444.50|
|Domestic Waste Large Garbage bin & Recycling Service||$585.50|
|Residential Additional Garbage (140L Bin)||$203|
|Residential Additional Garbage (240L Bin)||$344|
|Residential Additional Recycling (240L Bin)||$64|
|Residential Additional Recycling (140L Bin)||$58|
|Residential Additional Recycling (360L Bin)||$97|
|Residential Additional Green (240L Bin)||$62.50|
|General Non Rateable Premises (240L Bin only)||$344|
|General Non Rateable Premises Recycling (240L Bin only)||$64|
|Waste Services Charge (Vacant EP Zoning)||$20|
|On Site Sewer Management Aerated Pumpout||$43|
|On Site Sewer Management Aerated Pumpout - Pensioner||$21.50|
|On Site Sewer Management Absorption||$68|
|On Site Sewer Management Absorption - Pensioner||$34|
|On Site Sewer Management Multiple System||$92|
|On Site Sewer Management Multiple System - Pensioner||$46|
Annual rates and charges are divided into four quarters and are referred to as 'instalments'.
The rates notices are issued approximately four weeks before payment is due on the following dates:
Instalment 1: 31 August
Instalment 2: 30 November
Instalment 3: 28 February
Instalment 4: 31 May
Download 'How to read your rates notice' below.
Payment of rates can be paid in instalments, by the dates listed throughout the Rating Period, or paid in full by the first instalment date.
Periodical payments can be arranged through Council via a direct debit authority.
To register, complete our Direct Debit form and return it to us.
Issued rates notices are based on information current at the time of processing so it is important that all ratepayers ensure that their details are up-to-date. Any payments made during the time allocated for printing will not be shown on the notice.
NOTE: If you have not received your rates notice within two-three weeks of an instalment date, please call the Council’s Revenue section on 4780 5000.
Eligible pensioners are able to get concessions on their ordinary rates and domestic waste management services charge.
Eligible ratepayers are entitled to receive up to:
Concessions may also be granted to ratepayers suffering financial hardship in certain circumstances.
Holders of the cards listed below are eligible for the concession:
If you have become an eligible pensioner since the issue of your last rates notice, the concession will apply proportionately to the number of full quarters remaining in the financial year.
Rebate applications must be returned in person to us (either at the Springwood or Katoomba Customer Centres). Please ensure that you bring your Pensioner Concession or Veterans’ Affairs Pension card along when lodging your form so that it can be sighted by the Customer Service representative who assists you.
Please note: If you are a war widow or widower or wholly dependent partner but do not have a Pensioner Concession Card, you should contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to test your eligibility. Eligibility is determined by an income and assets test. Visit Department of Veterans’ Affairs website or call 1800 555 254.
Download the Pensioner Concession Application Form below.
If required, an extension of time may be granted for the payment of rates. If you are unable to pay any instalment in full by the due date, please contact the Council’s Revenue section on 4780 5000 at least one week prior to the due date to discuss a mutually acceptable payment arrangement.
We recognise that at times some people may have difficulty paying their rates. While the Council is not permitted under the Local Government Act 1993 to waive rates, we may agree to enter into an arrangement whereby outstanding rates are covered by periodic payments.
For Residential and Farmland ratepayers who experience permanent financial hardship, the Council’s Hardship Relief Policy may also provide rate relief.
Rate amounts not received by the due date are subject to daily interest charges. The interest rate is set by the Office of Local Government and for 2019-2020 it is 7.5% per annum. If rates remain unpaid, the Council may take legal action to recover these unpaid rates. The debt recovery for all unpaid rates and charges is undertaken by the Council’s mercantile agency, Recoveries & Reconstruction (Aust) Pty Ltd.