How Rates are Calculated

Council uses an equity-based system to charge municipal rates. Generally, the principle is that higher value properties pay a higher share of rates.  All rates are calculated based on the Capital Improved Value (CIV) of a property which is determined through a valuation process every two years.  The CIV is then multiplied by the Rate in the Dollar.  The Rate in the Dollar is determined by dividing the total rate revenue required to fund Council’s projected operating budget by the total CIV of all rateable properties in the municipality.

For 2017-18 Council has three differential rates for different property groups and a rate for properties defined under the Cultural and Recreational Lands Act 1963.

Rate type

Rate in the
dollar CIV (cents)

For example

Residential

0.006648

A property with a CIV of $250,000 would raise $1,662.00 in rates

Farm Land

0.0063156

A property with a CIV of $250,000 would raise $1,578.90 in rates

Business

0.0079776

A property with a CIV of $250,000 would raise $1,994.40 in rates

Cultural and Recreational

0.0006648

A property with a CIV of $250,000 would raise $166.20 in rates

 

Municipal charge

A $100.00 Municipal Charge is applied to all rateable properties.  This charge is designed to ensure all properties make a standard contribution to recovering part of the administrative costs of operating Council.  A Municipal Charge does not provide Council with ‘extra’ revenue, rather it ensures a more equitable spread of the rate liability across all properties. An exemption from paying the Municipal Charge on multiple properties may apply where a Single Farm Enterprise is operating.

 

Special Rate

Properties located within the boundary of the defined Mildura City Heart precinct and classified as business are charged an additional special rate. Funds raised through the special rate are used by Mildura City Heart Inc. to promote and improve the Mildura City Heart to provide a unique, quality, lifestyle experience. Their primary purpose is to develop, market and promote the CBD. All rateable properties are levied 0.00262987 cents in the dollar multiplied by the CIV. This money goes straight to Mildura City Heart Inc. and does not go to Council.

For more information regarding Mildura City Heart Inc. visit: www.milduracity.com.au

 

Fire Services Property Levy

The Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL) was introduced by the State Government on 1 July 2013 as recommended by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.  Rather than contributing to Victoria’s fire services through insurance premiums, a property-based levy is collected with Council rates and is comprised of two components; a fixed and a variable.  This money goes straight to the State Government and does not go to Council.  An exemption from paying the Fixed Charge on multiple properties may apply where a Single Farm Enterprise is operating.

The fixed component is a flat rate charged per property.  The variable component is calculated using the Capital Improved Value (CIV) of a property which is determined through a valuation process undertaken every two years.  The CIV is then multiplied by the Rate in the Dollar to determine the variable component.

Rate Type Variable Rate in $ Fixed For Example
Residential 0.000122 $107.00 A property with a CIV of $250,000 would raise $137.50 (Fixed $107 + Variable $30.50)
Farm Land 0.000248 $216.00 A property with a CIV of $250,000 would raise $278.00 (Fixed $216 + Variable $62)
Commercial 0.000999 $216.00 A property with a CIV of $250,000 would raise $465.75 (Fixed $216 + Variable $249.75)
Industrial 0.001574 $216.00 A property with a CIV of $250,000 would raise $609.50 (Fixed $216 + Variable $393.50)
Public Benefit 0.000126 $216.00 A property with a CIV of $250.000 would raise $247.50 (Fixed $216 + Variable $31.50)
Vacant (excluding residential) 0.000467 $216.00 A property with a CIV of $250,000 would raise $332.75 (Fixed $216 + Variable $116.75)

For more information about the Fire Services Property Levy please visit: Fire Services Property Levy website

Queries or concerns about insurance
The Fire Services Levy Monitor ceased operation on 31 December 2014.

In the event that you have been charged a fire services levy on your insurance policy after 30 June 2013, contact Consumer Affairs, phone 1300 558 181.

Concessions
For further information on Victorian concessions please refer to our Concessions page or call the Concession Information Line on 1800 658 521.

 

Garbage service charges

This charge is applied to all properties where a kerbside waste collection or street sweeping service is available, including vacant land.  The revenue from this charge is used to provide waste management services such as street sweeping, landfills and recycling programs.

Charges for the 2017-18 Financial Year

Non-business land 120 litre garbage bin + 240 litre recycling bin $322.03 per year
Business land 120 litre garbage bin + 240 litre recycling bin $354.23 per year
Business land – add. service 120 litre garbage bin $236.16 per year
Business land – add. Service 240 litre recycling bin $118.07 per year
Non-business land (vacant land) $178.94 per year
Business land (vacant land) $196.83 per year