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Council Rates

Rates revenue is an integral part of Council's financial resource base.  This revenue is utilised to fund the ongoing development and maintenance of services, facilities and infrastructure in Roxby Downs.

When determining the rates for 2020/2021, Council considered the following factors:

  • Current expenditure needs
  • Future assets renewal needs
  • Current economic climate
  • Community expectations
  • Legislative responsibilities
  • Financial impacts on the local economy and on ratepayers from COVID-19

Council uses the capital valuation method as the basis for valuing each land holding and improvements in the council area. Valuations are determined by the State Government Valuer-General and are independent.

All land within a council area, except for land specifically exempt (e.g. crown land, council occupied land and other land prescribed in the Local Government Act 1999) is rateable. The Local Government Act 1999 provides for a Council to raise revenue for the broad purposes of the Council through a general rate, which applies to all rateable properties, or through differential general rates, which apply to categories of land use and/or locality. In addition, Council can raise separate rates, for specific areas of the Council or service rates or charges for specific services.

Municipal Rates declared for July 2020 - June 2021

Rates modelling for 2020/21 began with an assumption of no rates increase (nominally) as a total and within each category.  Using the property valuations provided by the Valuer General dated 7 June 2020, the modelling
resulted in the following differential rates.

GST is not applicable to Municipal Rates and are effective from 1 July each year

Differential Rate - Residential Landcents in the $ per Capital Value0.54244
Differential Rate - Commercial - Shopcents in the $ per Capital Value1.58312
Differential Rate - Commercial - Officecents in the $ per Capital Value2.15213
Differential Rate - Commercial - Othercents in the $ per Capital Value1.74566
Differential Rate - Industrial -Lightcents in the $ per Capital Value1.33873
Differential Rate - Industrial - Othercents in the $ per Capital Value1.36243
Differential Rate - Vacant Landcents in the $ per Capital Value1.54390
Othercents in the $ per Capital Value0.94779
Fixed Charge per rateable property $680.00
Service Charge per rateable property which the Council makes available  for the collection, treatment and disposal of domestic waste service $466.00
Regional Landscape Levy $64.85

Paying your Rates

In accordance with Section 181 of the Local; Government Act 1999, the 2020/21 General rates (fixed Charge and Differential Rate), Service Charge and Separate Rate shall be due in four (4) equal or approximately equal instalments.

Payment of rates can be made in full by 15 September 2020 or by four (4) instalments on:

  • 15 September 2020
  • 15 December 2020
  • 15 March 2021
  • 15 June 2021

Methods of payment:

  • By using the BPAY service through participating banks
  • By mail - PO Box 124, Roxby Downs SA 5725
  • In person, at the Council Office, Richardson Place, Roxby Downs
  • By Credit Card in person or by Phone 08 8671 0010

EFTPOS facilities are available for over the counter payments.

Penalties do apply to outstanding rates therefore any ratepayer who may, or is likely to, experience difficulty with meeting the standard payment requirements, or is planning an extended absence at the time rates are due is invited to contact our Rates Officer on 08 8671 0010 to discuss alternative payment arrangements. The Council treats such inquiries confidentially.

Hardship Provisions:

Ratepayers experiencing hardship may seek assistance.  Contact Council to discuss concerns about the payment of rates.  Phone (08) 8671 0010.

0% Rate Capping Rebate 2020/21

Due to significant movements in the underlying property valuations that feed into the calculated rates for individual properties, many properties have seen increases compared to last year. It is proposed that Council negate these increases by way of a 0% Rates Capping Rebate. 
*With the exception of properties subject to a change in rating code the rating methodology proposed will ensure that no ratepayer will be charged more for Rates in 20221/21 than they were in 2019/20.

The amount of the rebate will be the difference between the amount of differential general rates raised for 2020/21 and the amount of differential general rates raised for 2019/20.

This is consistent with Council's intention to pass on a 0% increase in rates.

The 2020/21  rebate will be automatically processed.  There is no application process.

Further details about your Council Rates 2020/21

Annual Business Plan and Budget 2020/21