Your rates are based on property valuations

Published on 30 September 2020


Horsham Rural City Council recently issued the 2020-21 valuation and rates notices. 

Council adopted its 2020-21 Budget in July, with a two per cent rate rise funding a $484,000 COVID-19 support package.  

However, this does not mean everyone’s rates will increase by two per cent. Ratepayers may see a change (decrease or increase) in their rates based on whether their property value has increased or decreased more than the average. Property valuations are determined independently of Council by the Valuer-General Victoria. 

Rates are based on the capital improved value (CIV) of each property calculated by the rate in the dollar (set each year by Council as part of the annual budget) together with a fixed component being the Municipal Charge. 

Council uses a differential rating system and the differential rating system means there is a different rate in the dollar for different property types or categories (residential, commercial/industrial or farm). 

HRCC offers a range of rate payment options. Visit our website, refer to the reverse side of your rate notice or call us for more details. If you choose to pay by instalments, the first instalment is due 30 September. 

Council is offering all ratepayers with a Garbage or Recycling charge listed on the front of their rate notice one free load of waste in a 6’x 4’ trailer or a car boot delivered to Horsham or Quantong Transfer Stations.

The flyer which was included with your rate notice provides information about what steps you should take if you are having difficulties paying and the options that are available to you. 

Anyone who considers that they might find it difficult to pay their rates by the due date is encouraged to contact us to discuss alternative payment arrangements. There are several ways we may be able to assist, including payment arrangement that is tailored to your situation, however it is important you contact us and have a discussion.

If you have not received your notice or need it reissued, please let us know

Objecting to your valuation: 

Ratepayers have the right to object to the property valuations or the Australian Valuation Property Classification Code (AVPCC) as shown on their notice. Valuation objections must be received by 19 October. Ratepayers who wish to object, need to contact Council to discuss their concerns and get the appropriate form. 

Requesting a review of your rating classification:

Ratepayers can request a review of the rating classification as shown on their notice. 

Farmers who have more than one farming property may also be entitled to exemptions from the Municipal Charge. These ratepayers should contact Council to ensure that they are receiving all their entitlements. 

Payment arrangements: 

Council understands that ratepayers may experience periods of financial hardship due to circumstances beyond their control. Council officers are committed to working with ratepayers to put a plan in place for paying any overdue amounts. The important first step is contacting Council as soon as possible. 

 Anyone experiencing financial hardship can apply for assistance that may result in a waiver of interest charges, to assist in reducing their rates debt.  

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