About your rates

Your annual rates notice covers the period from 1 July to 30 June each financial year.

The amount of rates and charges you pay is made up of the parts shown listed below, which also explains what the various parts of your rates bill pay for.

Name of part

How this part is calculated and what it’s used for

General rates

  • General rates are calculated by multiplying the 'Capital Improved Valuation' of the property by a rate in the dollar.
  • General rates are used to pay for the provision of over 90 services to the community.

Municipal Charge

  • This charge is set by Council in its budget and applied to all properties, except eligible single farm enterprises.
  • The municipal charge pays for some of Council's administrative costs and is the same amount for all properties. Some single farm enterprises with multiple rates assessments are eligible for an exemption from this charge on some of their assessments.

Waste Management Charge

  • This charge is set by Council in its budget and is based on apportioning the cost of the kerbside waste collection service to all properties that receive a benefit from the service.
  • This charge pays for the cost of having contactors provide the kerbside collection service. All developed properties within the declared service areas are levied regardless of whether they use the service or not. Properties outside declared areas are not charged.

FSPL – Fixed (Fire Services Property Levy)

  • This is a fixed charge set by the State Government.
  • The money collected is used by the State Government to fund provision of fire services throughout Victoria.

FSPL – Variable

(Fire Services Property Levy)

  • This is a variable amount calculated by multiplying the Capital Improved Valuation (CIV) of the property by a rate in the dollar set by the State Government.
  • The money collected is used by the State Government to fund provision of fire services throughout Victoria.

Refer to your rates notice for a breakdown of your rates charges for each of these categories.

Council has a differential rating structure, meaning that different types of properties and properties in different locations pay rates at a different rate in the dollar. These categories include residential land, sub-standard vacant land, commercial land, industrial land and farm land.

For more information on your rates or property please contact the Rates Department on (03)5232 9400 or email inq@colacotway.vic.gov.au