Northern Midlands

Rates and Charges

Rates & Charges are an important source of revenue accounting for approximately 50% of the Council’s income each year to provide a range of services, projects and infrastructure to the community.

Rate levels are set through a rigorous budget process of review and consultation each year, where Council seeks to balance the demand for services and infrastructure with the community’s capacity to pay.

Rates Enquiries

If you have any queries regarding your Rate Notice or calculation of rates, please do not hesitate to contact the Customer Service Staff on (03) 6397 7303.

Rates notices are sent out to the property owner by Australia Post, however if you would like your rates notices to be emailed instead, you can request this by filling in this form.

Rates and Charges 2016 - 2017

The following Rates and Charges apply in accordance with Council resolution dated 27 June 2016. Rates are calculated on each property's Assessed Annual Value (AAV) which is the rental value determined by the Valuer General.

GENERAL RATES CENTS IN $AAV CHARGE / MINIMUM
Industrial 9.74 $442
Public Purpose 8.33 $232
Commercial 7.55 $442
Residential 7.06 $442
Quarries or Mining 7.55 $232
Residential Rural 6.70 $442
Residential Low Density 6.70 $442
Sport & Recreation 6.35 $232
Primary Production 4.48 $232
Vacant Land 4.80 $232
FIRE LEVY
Volunteer Rate 0.378 $38
General Rate 0.36 $38
WASTE MANAGEMENT
140 litre mobile garbage bin $107
240 litre mobile garbage bin $157
Additional recycle service $79
Rossarden/Storys Creek, Royal George, Kalangadoo & Lake Leake areas $50
ON-SITE DISPOSAL
On-site disposal system $612
RIVER WORKS
Lake River (per km) $200

Click here for the current Rates & Charges Guide.

What are my rates made up of?

General Rates

Council varies the General Rate pursuant to Section 107 of the Local Government Act 1993, by reason of use or zone of the land.

Fire Levy

The Fire Levy collected on behalf of the State Government in 2016-17 amounts to $520,478. The basis on which the fire service is varied, is the location of the land within the volunteer brigade district comprising of Cressy, Campbell Town, Longford, Perth & Evandale urban areas, and the general district, comprising of all other land. There is a minimum charge of $38 per property.

Waste Management

A fortnightly waste and recycling collection service is provided for residential and some rural properties. An additional waste collection will be provided during the Christmas / New Year period, which will result in collections for three consecutive weeks during this period. A collection calendar is available for your convenience.  Property owners may request an additional service or change the size of a bin by completing a form available from the Customer Service Staff on 63977303.

On-site Waste Disposal

An onsite disposal charge of $612 applies where Council provides management of on-site wastewater management systems installed on private properties.

Lake River Riverworks

There will be $200 rate equivalent levied per kilometer of river frontage for all properties adjacent to the Lake River during 2016/17

 

 

Payment of Rates

You may choose one of the following methods for payment of rates:

Payment at Council Chambers Longford

Simply present your account with your payment to the cashier at the Council Office at 13 Smith Street, Longford between 8:30 am and 4:45 pm (EFTPOS available)

Phone

Credit Card
Please call 1300 886 451 (Commonwealth Bank) or 1300 729 859 (Service Tasmania) and have your credit card ready.

B Pay
Call your bank, credit union or building society to make this payment from your account. Please quote your biller code and customer reference.

BPAY View
BPAY View® sends your bills and statements straight to the same online bank you use to pay them, saving you from shuffling paper.  To find out more download this pdf.

Via the Internet

Click here to pay your rates through Service Tasmania's secure payment area.

Service Tasmania

Simply present your account with payment at Service Tasmania Shop, Town Hall, Campbell Town between 11 am and 4 pm.

Australia Post

Visit any Post Office, or go to postbillpay.com.au to make a payment. Credit card payments not accepted.

Credit Card

Complete the authority on the reverse side of the rate notice and return it to the Northern Midlands Council, PO Box 156, Longford, Tasmania, 7301.

Mail

If you wish to pay by mail, simply forward your cheque marked "not negotiable", or money order to Northern Midlands Council, PO Box 156, Longford, Tasmania, 7301.

Direct Debit

Northern Midland Council provides a direct debit service. Please click here to find out more, if interested please click here to download a direct debit request form.

Payment Arrangements

Lump Sum

Payment may be made in one sum of the total Rates and Charges by 31 August 2016. A discount of 1% (on current rates and charges) will be given to ratepayers paying by the one sum payment method.

or

Instalments

Rates may be paid in three equal instalments by:

31 August 2016
30 November 2016
29 February 2017

Pensioner Rate Remissions

Pensioners as at 1 July 2016 are entitled to a State Government rebate on Rates of 30 percent up to $430, or a reduced maximum of $292 if you are also a TasWater customer. This applies only to pensioner's principal place of residence, provided they satisfy the requirements of the State Government.

A remission is available to a person holding a:

  • Pensioner Concession Card (PCC),
  • Veterans Affairs Gold Card (TPP), or
  • Health Care Card (HCC) (but excludes Senior Health Card).

Council deducts previously eligible Pensioner Remissions from rates prior to issuing notices, but require new pensioners, pensioners who have recently relocated to our municipal area, or any pensioner who believes he/she should have been eligible for a Rate Remission, to complete the Concession Application for Rates Remission Form.

Discount Interest and Penalty

Ratepayers are encouraged to take advantage of a 1% discount which is allowed on rates and charges paid in full within thirty (30) days of issue (until 31 August 2016).

Should any instalment not be paid by the due date, Council may require payment of the full amount due.

Rates & Charges not paid before the due date will attract:

  • a daily interest charge of 0.0205% (7.5% per annum)
  • a 5% penalty on the total outstanding as at 1 April 2017.

What do I do if I am having difficulties paying my rates?

During times of severe financial hardship please phone our Customer Service Team on (03) 6397 7303 to discuss a payment arrangement.

Change of Details

It is important to keep your contact details up-to-date so you will recieve your rate statements in a timely manner.

Change of Address

You can change your postal address details for your Council rates notice with the lodgement of the Change of Address form. Alternatively, you can change your address details for Northern Midlands Council services by:

  • sending us an email at council@nmc.tas.gov.au
  • visiting our Customer Service Centre in person
  • writing to: Northern Midlands Council, PO Box 156, Longford Tas 7301
Change of Name

Marriage or Deed Poll
If you are a land owner and you change your name by marriage or deed poll, Council needs a copy of the official certificate to change the rates ownership record.

You can get a copy of the certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Companies
If a company owns the property and changes the registered company name, Council will need a copy of the change of name certificate.

You can obtain a copy of this certificate from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Changing Ownership Details

The current propery owner is responsible for the rates debt.

When properties are brought or sold the rates need to be adjusted to reflect the new ownership.

Council alters its property ownership records after receiving official notification from the Land Titles Office.

Council cannot accept change of ownership details from the new owner.

What happens when my land is re-valued?

The Valuer General will provide notice to you when your property values have changed under the Valuation of Land Act 2001.

Values provided are:

  • The Land Value is the value of the property excluding all visible improvements.
  • The Capital Value is the total value of the property, excluding plant and machinery, and includes the land value.
  • The Assessed Annual Value is the gross annual rental value of the property excluding GST, municipal rates and land tax, but is not to be less than 4% of the capital value.

If you desire to object to the values of your property it should be made on a prescribed form from the Valuer General's Office and lodged within the period of 60 days after the date of the notice of the new values.

Click here to go to the Office of the Valuer-General's website.

Calculating Rates on a New Property

When you purchase a property please check that rates for the current financial period have been paid in the property settlement. Rates liability is a charge upon the land and is automatically transferred to the new owner if not paid.

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