Our rating strategy determines how rates are distributed amongst properties within the Shire.
It details our decisions relating to the most equitable, practical and efficient distribution of rates and charges across the ratepayers and community members of Indigo Shire.
It is important to emphasise that the rating strategy does not change the total amount of Council’s rate revenue. The rating strategy is only the allocation method used to fairly and equitably spread the rate burden across all Indigo properties.
Our current rates are structured in accordance with the requirements of Section 94 ‘Differential Rates’ of the Local Government Act 2020, and the Ministerial Guidelines for Differential Rating 2013.
The differential rates, or rating categories are currently set as follows:
||Current rate (% of general rate)
|Rural 1(properties greater than 40ha )
|Rural(properties between 8 – 40ha)
General Property Rate Definition:
- predominantly used for human habitation, and assessed by Council’s valuer as being “Residential” for the purposes of the State Government’s Fire Service Property Levy, or;
- not covered by another category.
The categorisation of “general” properties includes small businesses that operate from residential properties that are of small scale and do not cause significant commercial impact on the community.
Residential Vacant Rate Definition:
Residential Vacant land is any land which:
- does not contain buildings; and
- is of a type that permits residential development.
Residential vacant land has the potential to be developed for residential type accommodation that will place a similar demand for Council's services as the other residential type classifications
Rural Rate – Rural 1 and Rural 2 Definition:
Rural 1 property is any property which is:
- greater than 40 hectares in area; and
- used for Farm Land as defined in Section 2 of the Valuation of Land Act (1960).
Rural 2 property is any property which is:
- greater than 8 hectares and less than 40hectares in area; and
- Used for Residential or Farm Land as defined in Section 2 of the Valuation of Land Act (1960).
Commercial/Industry Rate Definition:
Commercial/Industrial Land is any land, which is:
- assessed by Council’s valuer as being Commercial or Industrial for the purposes of the State Government’s Fire Service Property Levy
- operating on a commercial / industrial basis.