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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO DECLARE A SPECIAL RATE

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO DECLARE A SPECIAL RATE

Swan Hill Rural City Council proposes to declare a Special Rate pursuant to Section 163 of the Local Government Act 1989, to raise funds to pay for activities that encourage business development and commerce in the Swan Hill region. These activities will promote and develop the region as a place to live, work, invest, shop and visit. This rate has been in place since 2002, with the current scheme to end on 30 June 2019.

Council proposes to declare the Special Rate at its Ordinary Meeting on 16 April 2019 with the new scheme to commence on 1 July 2019 and remain in force for a period of seven years from that date, until 30 June 2025.

Council considers that there will be a significant benefit to people required to pay the Special Rate because the viability of the Swan Hill region will be enhanced through increased commerce and economic activity.

The area and land for which the Special Rate is declared is all the rateable properties used for commercial, industrial and tourism and hospitality purposes within the defined Swan Hill/Lake Boga and surrounds Special Rate Area.

Council considers that the programs, as outlined in the first paragraph of this Notice, will assist in fulfilling the following objectives of Council, which are set out in Section 3C (2) of the Local Government Act:

  • to promote the social, economic and environmental viability and sustainability of the municipal district
  • to promote appropriate business and employment opportunities

The total cost of the performance of the functions is:
(i) for the first year of the Special Rate – $359,187;
(ii) for each of the subsequent six years the Special Rate remains in force – the previous year’s total amount of the Special Rate plus Consumer Price Index (CPI)(1).

The total amount of the Special Rate to be levied is:
(i) for the first year of the Special Rate – $359,187;
(ii) for each of the subsequent six years the Special Rate remains in force – the previous year’s total amount to be levied plus CPI of that amount.

The criteria to be used as the basis for levying the Special Rate is:

For the first year of the Special Rate:

  • for tourism and hospitality properties (based on the Australian Valuation Property Classification Codes (AVPCC)), a rate in the dollar of each property’s Capital Improved Value (CIV), in order to raise a total of $86,614 with a minimum rate per rateable property of $50 and a maximum rate per rateable property of $6,949.74.
  • for commercial properties (based on AVPCC) a rate in the dollar of each property’s CIV, in order to raise $234,294 after inclusion of providing a 50% write-off for properties in common occupancy with a residence, with a minimum rate per rateable property of $50 and a maximum rate per rateable property of $6,949.74.
  • for industrial properties (based on AVPCC) a rate in the dollar of each property’s CIV, in order to raise a total of $38,279 with a minimum rate per rateable property of $50 and a maximum rate per rateable property of $347.49.

For each of the subsequent six years the Special Rate remains in force, the rates in the dollar will be adjusted to be in accordance with the previous year’s total amount of the Special Rate plus CPI with that amount apportioned over the sectors as follows:

  • for tourism and hospitality properties (based on assigned AVPCC) a rate in the dollar of each property’s CIV, in order to raise the proportion of the Special Rate raised from the sector in the previous year adjusted for the relative movements in the proportion of the sector’s CIV of the total CIV within the Special Rate area. A minimum rate per rateable property of $50 p.a. and a maximum rate per rateable property to increase each year by 3% from the maximum set for the first year.
  • for commercial properties (based on assigned AVPCC) a rate in the dollar of each property’s CIV, in order to raise the proportion of the Special Rate raised from the sector in the previous year adjusted for the relative movements in the proportion of the sector’s CIV of the total CIV within the Special Rate area. A minimum rate per rateable property of $50 p.a. and a maximum rate per rateable property to increase each year by 3% from the maximum set for the first year. A 50% write-off for properties in common occupancy with a residence will apply.
  • for industrial properties (based on assigned AVPCC) a rate in the dollar of each property’s CIV, in order to raise the proportion of the Special Rate raised from the sector in the previous year adjusted for the relative movements in the proportion of the sector’s CIV of the total CIV within the Special Rate area. A minimum rate per rateable property of $50 p.a. and a maximum rate per rateable property to increase each year by 3% from the maximum set for the first year.

The Special Rate is levied by sending a notice in each year the Special Rate remains in force, to the persons liable to pay it, requiring that the Special Rate for that year be paid in four instalments, by the dates which are specified in each respective notice.

Copies of the proposed Declaration including a map of the Special Rate area are available for inspection at the Council Offices 45 Splatt Street Swan Hill; the Swan Hill Region Information Centre, corner McCrae and Curlewis Streets; Lake Boga Post Office, 1 Maraboor Street, Lake Boga; and on Council’s website www.swanhill.vic.gov.au until the close of business Friday, 1 March 2019.

Details of the Special Rate and a copy of the proposed Declaration are being forwarded to owners and occupiers of the properties covered by the Special Rate.

Any business operator or property owner in the Special Rate area can make a submission in favour of, or against the proposed Special Rate. If you are an occupier of a property, you will need to provide documentary evidence to show that it is a condition of your lease that you must pay the Special Rate. Persons wishing to make a submission must do so in writing by 5pm on Friday, 1 March 2019.

Submissions should be addressed to Mr John McLinden, Chief Executive Officer, Swan Hill Rural City Council, PO Box 488 Swan Hill Vic 3585.

If you need more information about the proposed Declaration of the Special Rate, please contact Fiona Gormann, Economic and Community Development Manager on (03) 5032 3033.

John McLinden
Chief Executive Officer
Swan Hill Rural City Council

(1) Based upon the movement in the March quarter annual weighted average of the eight capital cities all groups index as published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.