Rates and Administration

The Shire of York levies rates each financial year to fund Council’s services. These services include maintenance of parks and reserves, library services, roads, health, sanitation, building control and operation of recreational facilities. Rates account for approximately 50% of the Shire’s revenue. The rate in the dollar is calculated in relation to the predicted revenue needed for the budget requirements.

Anyone owning residential or commercial property within the Shire of York is a ratepayer and is required to pay the rates levied. Some government bodies, educational and registered charitable organisations are exempt from paying rates. How much you pay depends on the value of your property.

The Shire of York provides other services to the residents which are chargeable, over and above the rates.

How rates are calculated

Property values are determined by Landgate (Valuer-General’s Office). Rates are calculated by multiplying either the Gross Rental Value (GRV) or Unimproved Value (UV) by the rate in the dollar adopted by Council. Rates are subject to a minimum payment, set each year by Council as part of the Annual Budget.

It is important to note that for the Shire of York, a general (GRV) revaluation was carried out by Landgate for the 2016/17 rating year, with a valuation effective date of 1 July 2016. Valuations for UV properties are reviewed annually.

Objections

Rates must be paid in full before an objection is lodged.

If a ratepayer believes their property has been incorrectly valued they may lodge an objection with Landgate within 60 days of the issue of the rates notice on which the value under objection has been used to make the assessment.

If the valuation is changed as a result of such an objection, the new value will be applied and an interim rate notice will be sent out to the ratepayer, which may or may not involve a refund.

Also, under the Local Government Act 1995 a ratepayer may lodge an objection to the rate record held by a local government which must be lodged within 42 days of the service of a rates notice, to the local government.

Interim Rates

During a financial year, the Shire of York may issue additional rates and other charges for various reasons. These reasons include but are not limited to:

  • Completion of a new building/structure.
  • Demolition of a building.
  • Variation of land due to subdivision or amalgamation.
  • Change in property use.
  • New or additional rubbish bin services.

Interim rate charges are given 35 days for payment from the original date of issue. Penalty interest applies after the payment date has passed.

Emergency Services Levy (ESL)

The ESL is forwarded to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to fund Western Australia’s fire and emergency services.

The minimum ESL charge for the 2017/18 financial year is $75.00.

Service Charges

Transfer Station

Section 66 of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act) provides for a local government to impose on rateable land an annual rate for the purpose of providing for the proper performance of all or any of the waste services it provides. Revenue raised from this charge is used to cover running costs of the Shire of York Transfer Station.

Rubbish Collection Service

Section 67 of the WARR Act 2007 provides for a local government to arrange for the proper disposal of waste, by making an annual charge per waste receptacle. In addition, Part 4, Division 2, Section 4.2.2 of the Shire of York Health Local Laws states that “an owner or occupier of premises shall ensure the premises are provided with a receptacle for the depositing of rubbish or refuse”.

Swimming Pool/Spa Inspection

Section 53 of Building Regulations 2012 states that a local government must inspect enclosures of private swimming pools containing water that is more than 300mm deep, at intervals of no more than 4 years. In accordance with the Building Regulations 2012 the Shire of York will impose an annual charge to cover the costs of carrying out inspections.

Pensioners & Seniors

All rebates to pensioners and seniors under the Rates and Charges (Rebates and Deferments) Act 1992 are funded by the Government of Western Australia.

It is important to note that this year the State Government has set a maximum rate rebate for both Seniors and Pensioners:

  • Maximum rebate for Seniors in the 2016/17 rating year is $288.70.
  • Maximum rebate for Pensioners in the 2016/17 rating year is $750.00.

A rebate is only applicable to the rates and ESL components.

All other charges must be paid in full by the due date.

To be eligible to make a claim for a rebate, under the Rates and Charges (Rebates and Deferments) Act 1992 you must:

  • Hold a relevant card issued by the appropriate government department.
  • Be the owner or co-owner of the property.
  • Occupy the property as your ‘ordinary place of residence’ on or before 1 July of the rating year applied in.

You may only claim a rebate on one property.

If eligible you may be entitled to claim a rebate of:

  • Up to 50% (subject to a capped amount of $750.00) for Pensioners.
  • Up to 25% (subject to a capped amount of $288.70) for Seniors.

Payment of Rates

There are two payment options available to ratepayers in the Shire of York.

  • Payment in full.
  • Payment by four instalments.

The date for payment for both options will be 35 days from the date of issue of the original rate notice.

Rate Instalment Dates
1st Instalment 28 August 2017
2nd Instalment 30 October 2017
3rd Instalment 15 January 2018
4th Instalment 15 March 2018

Where the instalment option is taken, an additional instalment administration charge and apportioned interest is to be applied. The instalment option is only available on balances above $200 where all arrears and interest are paid prior to or as part of the first instalment. An Instalment Reminder Notice will be issued no less than 28 days before each instalment is due.

Once the due date has passed for payment, interest will apply to all outstanding balances.

How to Pay

  • At the Shire Office by cash, cheque or EFTPOS.
  • By internet transfer direct deposit to the Shire of York bank account (Refer to payment options on bottom of Rate Notice). These must be transferred not less than 4 days before the due date.
  • By post with a cheque or money order. Please allow at least one week for postage time.
  • By phone by credit card on 08 9641 2233

Overdue Rates

Rates and charges are the responsibility of the current owner of a property. If you are unable to pay your rates and charges by one of the options provided you may make application to the Shire of York, to enter an agreement to make alternative payments.

Please contact the Rates officer to discuss your options as you may avoid incurring additional costs and charges.

Where no payment or alternative arrangement has been made, in accordance with the Shire of York Revenue Collection Policy, legal action to recover outstanding rates and charges may be taken. Costs associated with legal action are recoverable from the ratepayer and will be added to the account.

Change of Details

The Shire of York must be advised of any changes that may affect the property or the postal address for serving of the rate notices.

When a property is sold or the land transferred, the person selling or transferring the land, the settlement agents or the new owner is responsible for advising the Shire of York of the sale or transfer of the land.  This also applies to change of postal address or change of Title Deed details due to marriage, separation or death. 

Forms can be obtained from the Shire of York Administration Office or by clicking here.

Rates And Property Enquiries

Property sales and settlement fees.

Property Sales and Settlement Fees
Orders & Requisitions $151.00
Rates Only $91.00

Contacts

Please contact The Shire of York's Rates Officer if you have any queries.