"Inner West Council is operating under three old rating systems - Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville. By law, all amalgamated councils must harmonise rates from July 2021. Harmonising rates will mean one rating system across the Inner West. While Council is not increasing its overall income from rates, harmonisation means your rates may change. The change to rates will not increase the total rate revenue received by Inner West Council. Harmonising rates means rates will be paid equitably in proportion to the land value by all ratepayers in the Inner West."
Last day to provide feedback is Sunday 7 February 2021. https://yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/my-rates
Agenda Council Meeting 10 November 2020
Subject: Harmonisation of Rates
Prepared By: Daryl Jackson - Chief Financial Officer
Authorised By: Brian Barrett - Acting General Manager
[source page 10 of 20/21 budget in "Revised Delivery Program 2018-2022 and combined Operational Plan 2020/21 (PDF 452.1KB)" (note typo the second Ashfield should read Marrickville) https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/about/the-council/corporate-planning-performance-budget/operational-plan/operational-plan-and-budget]
Attachment 1 - Minimum rate framework
What are minimum rates?
A rate - whether ordinary or special - may, at a council's discretion, consist of:
• a wholly ad valorem amount (i.e. based wholly on land value),
• an ad valorem amount that is subject to a minimum amount, or
• a base amount and an ad valorem amount.
With base amounts, every assessment starts off with the same level of rate, to which an ad valorem component is added.
Under a structure with minimum rates, the ad valorem amount is calculated and then compared with the minimum amount, and the ratepayer is charged the greater amount.
Where a council adopts a minimum rate for a particular category or sub-category, all ratepayers within that category or sub-category will pay at least that minimum amount regardless of their land value. Therefore, in most cases the use of minimum rates will impact ratepayers with relatively lower land values. ..
Source: GUIDELINES FOR THE PREPARATION OF AN APPLICATION TO INCREASE MINIMUM RATES ABOVE THE STATUTORY LIMIT https://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/files/sharedassets/website/shared-files/local-government-special-variations-applications-for-special-variations-2020-21-special-variation-documents/office-of-local-government-minimum-rates-guidelines-2020-2021.pdf
Domestic Waste Charges also need to be harmonised at the same time.
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