Rates

Being a property owner in the Shire of Katanning requires the payment of rates each year. Your rates provide Council with the revenue needed to manage all the services and facilities which make the Shire a vibrant and attractive place to live in.

Each financial year – as our Shire needs change – a new budget is prepared to support the needs of the entire community. Rates are issued by the Shire each financial year and will be mailed to you after the budget adoption process.

2016 - 2017 Rating Information

Total rates raised has increased by an average of 4.95% for both Gross Rental Valuation (GRV) and Unimproved Valuation (UV) properties. The minimum rate also increased by approximately 4.95%.

Gross Rental Valuation $0.093957

Unimproved Valuation $0.010603

Minimum Rate $915.00

Ratepayers have the option of paying rates and charges by way of:

1. Payment in full by the due date.
2. Payment by instalment.

Payment Options

  • In Person at the Shire of Katanning Administration
  • Over the phone using a valid credit card
  • By Mail. Cheques and Money Orders should be made payable to the Shire of Katanning.
  • Online
  • Internet bank transfer:
    • BSB: 066-515
      Account Number: 0000 0015
      Reference: (Your assessment number and surname)

Your biller code and customer reference number are located at the bottom of your rates notice.

Please ensure that you always quote the Assessment Number when making payment on any rates payments.

Instalment Options

If you wish to pay your rates by instalments, select the preferred option before 30 September 2016 by clearly marking your rate notice as provided. Payment for all arrears and first instalment option option must be received by 30 September 2016. The two instalment option has a fee of $10.00 and the four instalment option has a fee of $30.00. Instalment options attract interest of 5.5.% on the blances remaining after 30 September 2016.

When paying instalments, cheques and money orders should be made out for the exact amount of the instalment and should be paid by the due date to avoid penalty interest. 

The right to pay by instalments is forfeited if your first payment is not received by the due date.
NOTE: Payment of the first instalment shall include all arrears outstanding from previous years.

Option 1 – Payment in Full By a Single Instalment

Full amount of rates and charges to be paid on or before 30 September 2016 .  A discount of 2% of the current rates levied is available.

Option 2 – Payment by Two Equal Instalments

1st Instalment – Due 30 September 2016

2nd Instalment - Due 2 February 2017

Option 3 – Payment by Four Equal Instalments

1st Instalment – Due 30 September 2016

2nd Instalment – Due 1 December 2016

3rd Instalment – Due 2 February 2017

4th Instalment – Due 6 April 2017

Pensioner & Seniors Concessions

The WA State Government only provides rebates to pensioners and seniors who own and occupy residential property on 1 July 2016 of the rating year. From 1 July 2016, rebates will be capped at a level determined by the WA State Government. Commerical properties and farms over 2 hectares do not generally qualify for concessions. 

To qualify for a rebate you must own and occupy your house as at 1 July each year and be in receipt of a current:

  1. Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink/Veterans Affairs; OR
  2. Seniors Card issued by the Office of Seniors Affairs AND a Commonwealth Seniors Heath Card; OR
  3. Senior Card only; OR
  4. State Concession Card

If you hold a current Pensioner Concession Card (1) OR hold both a Seniors Card and a Commonwealth Seniors Card (2), you may be entitled to a rebate of up to 50% on your current Rates and ESL, and Specified Area Rate (if applicable).

If you hold a Seniors Card only (3) you may be entitled to a rebate of 25% on your current Rates and ESL, and Specified Area Rate (if applicable) capped to an annual maximum amount each year by the State Government.

Should you meet the eligibility criteria listed above and have not previously registered, you can now register by visiting the Water Corporation. Your rebate is calculated from the date that you register with the Water Corporation.

A pro-rata rebate or a deferment may be allowable for those who become a pensioner or senior during the rating year. i.e. after 1 July.  If you were the owner/occupier as at 1 July, and become a pensioner or senior during the year you must register immediately.

If your circumstances change, particularly with respect to ownership of your property, if you no longer occupy your property or your eligibility as a pensioner or senior changes, you must notify this office immediately.

Please note:  Rebates or deferments apply to rates, specified area rates (if applicable) and emergency services levy only.  All other charges must be paid in full by the due date shown on your rate notice.

Rubbish Services

Weekly Rubbish Services

Domestic 120 litre bin service $265.00
Domestic 240 litre bin service $350.00
Commercial 120 litre bin service $265.00
Commercial 240 litre bin service $350.00

Waste Collection Rate

The Shire of Katanning charges a Waste Collection Rate on all rateable properties for the purposes of providing for the waste services available in the Shire. This includes the provision of a local refuse site and street sweeping.

Gross Rental Value $0.0001

Unimproved Value $0.0001

Minimum Rate $31.00

Levies collected for other Agencies

Soil Conservation Levy

The Soil Conservation Levy has been raised for the purpose of assisting with the funding of the Katanning Landcare District Committee. If you have queries regarding this levy please contact Katanning Landcare on 9821 4327 who will be able to assist.

Emergency Services Levy

Category 5 $71.00 fixed charge

Category 4 $0.004435 cents in the dollar with a minimum of $71.00

Change of Ownership or Address

To ensure prompt receipt of your rate notice, please Contact Us to notify us of any change to the ownership of properties or changes of postal address. There is a requirement under the Local Government Act that the vendor or agent shall, within 21 days after the sale of a property, give to the Shire written notice of the sale with a description of the land and name and address of the purchaser.

Overdue Rates

RATES PENALTY FOR LATE PAYMENT (SECTION 6.51 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1995) (Eligible pensioners and seniors are exempt)

  • No instalment option taken - Interest shall begin to accrue on all rates and charges that remain unpaid 35 days after the original date of issue.
  • Instalment option taken - Interest shall begin to accrue on any instalment payment that remains unpaid after the due date of the instalment, until such time as the instalment is paid.
  • Accounts in arrears - Interest shall begin to accrue as of 1 July on all rates and charges including previous interest charges, that remain in arrears.

On the day any rate payment becomes overdue, an 11% per annum penalty is applied on a daily basis and will continue to accrue until arrears are paid. 2016 - 2017 rates become overdue 35 days from the issue date. Penalty interest will be charged from 30 September 2016. Penalty interest is also charged for late payments on instalment options.

Flexibility

Ratepayers experiencing difficulty in paying rates and charges are encouraged to contact to Contact Us before rates are due to discuss alternate arrangements. A $45 administration fee and penalty interest applies to special payment arrangments.

Recovery of Rates

Where no election has been made to enter into an instalment option or alternative arrangements made, and where rates and service charges remain outstanding 35 days after the original date of issue, legal action may be taken for their recovery.

If Payment of Rates falls into arrears for a period of three years or more the Council may:

  • from time to time lease the land;
  • sell the land;
  • cause the land to be transferred to the Crown;
  • cause the land to be transferred to itself .
  • All costs associated with the legal action are recoverable from the ratepayer and will be added to your account.

Objections

Objections (if any) in relations to the valuation of your property must be lodged with Landgate's valuation service, PO BOX 2222 Midland WA 6936

Objections to the valuation must be made in writing and lodged at Landgate within 60 days after the date of your assessment notice.