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All property valuations are now undertaken annually by the Valuer-General Victoria.
This will be first reflected in your 2019-20 rates notice.
How your property is assessed
Independent valuers look at the land size, condition and location of your property and any improvements made since the last valuation.
They analyse similar properties that have recently sold or been leased in your area, and the current state of the property market.
Your property valuation amount
You can find your property’s valuation amount on your rates notice. We begin sending out rates notices during July. If you believe that your new property valuation is not accurate, you have 2 months to contact us with a written objection.
How a revaluation affects your rates
Property valuations are used to calculate the amount you pay in rates.
In general terms, if your property has increased in value at a faster rate than other properties, your rates will increase at a higher proportion.
If your property value has dropped or risen at a slower rate than others, your rates will increase at a lower proportion.
The exact amount will depend on how much we decide to increase rates by each year.
Revaluations and total rates revenue
Revaluations do not mean we receive more money in rates. They only affect the way the total rates revenue is shared among property owners.
A revaluation redistributes the amount of rates that are paid based on a fairer and updated valuation.
How we calculate rates
We calculate rates based on each property’s Net Annual Value (NAV).
For residential houses, units and rural properties, the NAV is calculated as 5 per cent of the capital improved value (the value of the house and land).
For commercial and industrial properties, the NAV is the rent at which the property might reasonably be expected to be let from year to year.
Are rates capped?
Under the Victorian Government's Fair Go System, Council's can increase their total rate income this year by 2.5%.
This cap applies to Council's total rate income, not individual rates notices. How much you pay above or below the 2.5% increase depends on your property valuation.
- Your rates will increase by more than 2.5% if your property value has increased by more than the average
- Your rates will increase by less than 2.5% if your property value has increased by less than the average
Other items on your Rates Notice
Fire Services Levy
The levy is a State Government charge that helps pay for the fire services provided by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Country Fire Authority.
Waste services charge
The charge for standard roadside garbage and recycling collection is now listed separately. This is not a new charge.
Supplementary valuations are carried out in certain situations, in between the general revaluation. Examples of these situations include:
- subdivision of properties
- parcel of land sold off
- roads constructed
- buildings erected, demolished or physically altered
- properties amalgamated
Forecast your rates post-construction
If you’re constructing a home on vacant land, we will adjust your rates after building is complete, and after we have determined the value of the house and land, as well as the Victorian Government’s Fire Services Property Levy charge.
To help you estimate your future rates and charges payable, here are some examples:
- If your land is valued at $400,000 before construction and you build a home worth $300,000 in the MFB region, your total rates and charges payable will change from $1161 to $1949.
- If your land is valued at $400,000 before construction and you build a home worth $500,000 in the MFB region, your total rates and charges payable will change from $1161 to $2474.
- If your land is valued at $400,000 before construction and you build a home worth $300,000 in the CFA region, your total rates and charges payable will change from $1165 to $1957.
- If your land is valued at $400,000 before construction and you build a home worth $500,000 in the CFA region, your total rates and charges payable will change from $1165 to $2484.
The waste charge payable in 2019/2020 is
- $110.50 for residential and farming properties
- $169.20 for commercial and industrial properties
This includes an extra fee of $14.50 per household to help recover costs paid by Council to process recyclable materials. The fee is due to industry changes which means we not only lose $900,000 in revenue but also incur additional costs of $1.1 million for processing/disposal of recyclable items. The increase will recover the costs only.
Our Rating Strategy strikes a balance between competing priorities and helps provide revenue needed for ongoing financial stability.