In 2011/12 the rating limitations imposed on the Shire Councils as a result of Government Gazette No. S8 dated 25 February 2009, expire. This will allow the Shire to review their rating policy and modify, if required, the rates applied to rateable land within the Shire. According to the Ministerial guidelines, a Council is required to advise the Minister of its rating proposal in relation to conditionally rateable land no later than February.
In February 2011, Council adopted a Rates Discussion Paper this paper:
- Provide a background to the Shire’s current rating practices;
- Assist the community to develop an understanding of rating and its connection to the Council’s overall financial sustainability;
- Provide alternative rating options for consideration by the community and the Council; and
- Provide opportunities to make comment and provide feedback to further inform future rating proposals by the Council.
The Council undertook a wide consultation process during the last quarter of 2011 resulting in a consultation outcomes paper and rating options paper being presented to Council in February 2012. The various papers and presentation materials are presented below for information.
On February 2012 Council resolved to continue with the conditional rating guidelines as established in the Ministerial Guidelines.