Council rate notices are on their way
Published on 17 August 2017
Mildura Rural City Council ratepayers will start receiving their 2017/2018 rate notices in the mail in coming days.
Just over half of the annual revenue needed for Council to operate is collected through rates and is used to provide the more than 100 vital Council services, facilities and programs for the community.
Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne said 2017/2018 rate notices would reflect the two per cent rate increase endorsed by Councillors in June this year as part of Council’s ongoing efforts to curb rate increases.
“We’ve cut rate increases to a third of what they were five years ago, and once again haven’t applied to the Essential Services Commission for an exemption to the two per cent cap as some Victorian councils have done,” Cr Milne said.
The Mayor also encouraged people who have recently relocated to make sure their contact details are up to date.
“If you have moved or changed addresses in the past year and not updated your details with Council there is a good chance your rate notice will be sent to your old address,” he said.
“If you own property and know you should be receiving a rate notice, give Council a call to update your address details so you receive your notice as soon as possible. This will give you more time to arrange payments.”
Cr Milne said there has been a significant increase in the number of residents electing to receive their rate notices electronically this year, almost tripling over the past 12 months from about 300 to more than 880. These residents should already have received their notices.
An information flyer sent out with rate notices explains how rates are calculated and the different ways people can pay their rates.
Council rates can be paid up front in one lump sum or by quarterly instalments.
Full upfront payments must be made by 15 February 2018. People using the quarterly instalment option must make their first instalment payment by Monday, 2 October 2017.
Rates can be paid in person at any of Council’s Service Centres, online and in person at Australia Post, via BPAY, mail, direct debit or via Centrepay for those receiving Centrelink payments.
Anyone experiencing financial difficulties or having trouble making rates payments should contact Council as soon as possible to discuss their circumstances and make alternative arrangements.
More information about Council rates is available online at www.mildura.vic.gov.au/About-Council/Rates-Valuations
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