Rates, Fees & Charges
Your rates pay for Council services - parks and sports ground maintenance, road repairs and community services.
Your Rates at Work
You can read full details of how we spend rates in the Strategic Plan 2009-2030 or, see what we've done in the past by reading the Annual Reports. Details about our plans for the future are in the Strategic Plan.
Fees and Charges
Fees and charges are put on public exhibition for comment before being adopted by Council in June of each year. The 2016-17 fees and charges are listed here(PDF, 323KB).
Waste disposal fees for the Spreyton Waste Transfer Station can be viewed here.
What are Rates?
Rates are a tax levied by council. Their purpose is to support the council in providing services for the benefit of all residents. Rates help pay for:
- Waste and recycling collection and disposal
- Animal control
- Community safety initiatives
- Street lighting and cleaning
- Local roads, footpaths and drainage
- Stormwater disposal services
- Operation of halls and community centres
- Maintenance of parks, playgrounds and sports grounds
- Youth, family and senior services
- Community events
- State Government charges for a range of services including fire service, planning and libraries
- Other works, programs and facilities
Rates are normally made up of a general rate and a service rate and/or charge. Under certain circumstances, a council may levy a construction rate or charge, or a separate rate.
A general rate is a 'progressive tax', reflecting the land, capital or Assessed Annual Value (AAV) of property. It may involve an additional fixed charge which applies equally to every property. A council may make a general rate whether or not it provides any services to the land upon which the rating is made.
Service Rates or Charges
A council may make a service rate for any, all, or a combination of the following services:
- waste management
- stormwater removal
- fire protection
- a community medical service
- an on-site wastewater treatment or disposal system requiring a permit
- any other prescribed service
The service rate is also 'progressive', being determined by the same property value as the general rate. Councils may set a minimum amount payable for a service rate if it does not include a fixed charge. Councils may levy a service charge in addition to, or instead of making a service rate. A service charge is a fixed charge payable on each property. The charge may differ in various parts of the municipal area depending on the type of service being provided and the circumstances in a particular area. If a service is not provided or is unavailable, the prescribed rate or charge for that service may not apply.
Construction Rates or Charges
A construction rate or charge may be set by councils in order to provide the infrastructure currently lacking for stormwater services to land that is within an established drainage district.
A council may make a separate rate in respect of any land or class of land within its municipal area. This may occur where, in Council's opinion there is a need to plan, carry out, make available, maintain or improve anything on behalf of the affected land, or owners or occupiers of that land. If a council decides to make a separate rate it must undertake a consultation process with the ratepayers of the affected land. A separate rate may only be made for a 5 year period before it is subject to a review process and further consultation with affected ratepayers.
Fire Services Levy
Under the Local Government Act 1993 Council is required to make a service rate in respect of fire service contributions it must collect under the Fire Service Act 1979 for the rateable parcels of land within the municipal area of Devonport.