Rates 

Did you know that rates help make your community a better place to live, work and play? Your Council rates contribute to facilities and services in the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu.

Local Government revenue is allocated to meet the needs of the community, as detailed in the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu's Strategic Community Plan. The Plan is developed through community consultation, and represents what the local community wants delivered in our area.  

Councils use rates to fund the facilities and services that they deliver to their communities.  Facilities include:

  • roads
  • parks
  • street lights
  • recreation centres
  • libraries
  • cemeteries
  • airports


As well as services like:

  • child care assistance
  • community grants and events
  • citizenship ceremonies
  • recycling and waste
  • swimming pools
  • television and radio


Many of these facilities and services are provided free to residents and ratepayers.

Why do we Pay Rates?

Your rates provide valuable revenue to maintain the current quality services and facilities the Shire operates for the community to enjoy. The rates raised provide for the net funding requirements of the Shire’s services, activities, financing costs and the current and future capital requirements of renewing and upgrading the Shire’s assets, after taking into account all other forms of revenue

It is not only funds from rates which supports the Shire's projects and activities. Council aims to keep rates as reasonable as possible by raising approximately 70% of its income from investments, fees and charges and through Federal and State Government grants.

How does Council calculate rates?

The Shire adopts a balanced budget methodology during the budget setting process. The Shire determines the budget deficiency before the imposition of rates and this then provides the amount required to be raised from rates to fund the new financial years operating, investing and financing activities. This amount is used to calculate the rates in the dollar required to be applied against the total rateable property valuations.

Minimum Rates

Minimum rates are determined by Council on the basis that all ratepayers must make a reasonable contribution to the cost of local government services, facilities and investment for the future. In accordance with s6.35 of the Local Government Act 1995, the Council has set a general minimum payment for rateable land within the Wongan Hills townsite and a lesser minimum for all other rateable land in the Shire boundaries.

Mining

This is levied on mining tenements owned by the Crown and leased for mining purposes within the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu boundary. The purpose of this rate is to ensure that lessees contribute to the operating costs of the Shire facilities and infrastructure.

Emergency Services Levy (ESL)

The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) is an annual charge paid by all property owners in Western Australia.

Every dollar raised through the ESL pays for the delivery of critical and life-saving fire and emergency services across the State. In the event of a structure fire, bushfire, flood, storm, cyclone, hazardous spill, road crash or any other emergency on land or sea, DFES are there to support us.

The Shire collects the ESL on behalf of DFES through rates payments.

Pay My Rates

RATES 2022-2023

Issue Date 18 July 2022
Due Date/1st Instalment Due 29 August 2022
2nd Instalment Due 31 October 2022
3rd Instalment Due 09 January 2023
4th Instalment Due 13 March 2023

Pay Your Rates Online

BPAY to make this payment from your cheque, saving or credit account through your online banking.

BPAY Biller ID 71126

Other Payment Methods

In person with cash, cheque or credit card:

Shire Administration Office
Corner of Quinlan Street and Elphin Crescent 
Wongan Hills WA 6603

Wongan Hills CRC
The Station
1 Wongan Road
Wongan Hills WA 6603

Over the phone via credit card:

(08) 9671 2500 

or

(08) 9671 2550

Payment Assistance and Financial Hardship

Ratepayers experiencing financial hardship in paying rates and charges should contact the Shire's Rates Officer on 9671 2500 prior to the due date shown on the rate notice to discuss alternative payment arrangements. 

In line with the Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Order 2020, Council has a Financial Hardship Policy which applies to ratepayers considered by Council suffering hardship as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email shire@wongan.wa.gov.au for more information or to make an application.

Overdue Rates Accounts

If no arrangements have been made and rates and charges remain outstanding after the due date, legal action may be taken for their recovery. Costs associated with any legal action will be added to the rate account. 

Penalty Interest (Section 6.51 Local Government Act 1995)

Eligible pensioners are exempt from the late payment interest. For all other ratepayers, interest will accrue daily, at the rate of 7% per annum from the due date. 

ARREARS - interest will continue to accrue daily on any arrear balances, until these arrears have been paid in full. 

NO INSTALMENT OPTION TAKEN - current charges shall begin to accrue daily interest on any rates and charges that remain unpaid after the due date, until these charges have been paid in full.

INSTALMENT OPTION TAKEN - interest shall begin to accrue daily on any instalment payment that remains unpaid after the due date of each of the instalments, until that instalment is paid in full.  

 

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