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Rating review gets underway

Rating review gets underway

Published:
Friday 14 February 2020

Bass Coast Shire Council is reviewing how the cost of rates is shared by different property types.

That is how farming, commercial and residential properties contribute to the rates Council collects. Community feedback is being sought on four options which show how each property type will be affected.

There are a range of ways to have your say.

Community Information sessions will be held in Wonthaggi on Tuesday, 3 March at the Old Post Office, corner McBride Avenue and Watt Street and in Cowes on Thursday, 5 March at the Cowes Cultural Centre, 91-97 Thompson Avenue.

At each session, there are appointments available from 4.00pm to 5.00pm, an open forum from 5.00pm to 6.00pm and a group presentation/discussion from 6.00pm.

To make an appointment, contact Sam Bennett on (03) 5671 2205 or email sam.bennett@basscoast.vic.gov.au. If you can’t make it to a session, an online survey is available at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/ratingstrategy. To make a written submission, send via email to basscoast@basscoast.vic.gov.au or mail to PO Box 118, Wonthaggi 3995.

All submissions close on Sunday, 15 March 2020.

The options Council is seeking feedback on are:

Option 1: Continue with the current rating strategy

The General rate remains at 100 per cent, the Farm rate contribution is paid at a rate of 80 per cent and properties classified as Vacant Land contribute at a rate of 150 per cent. A garbage charge is applicable to properties in collection areas and the Land Management Rebate continues to be available.

Option 2: Reduced Farm rate, higher Vacant Land rate and elimination of Land Management Rebate

This option decreases the Farm rate contribution to 65 per cent and raises the Vacant Land contribution to 200 per cent. The Land Management Rebate is removed. General rates remain at 100 per cent and a Garbage Charge is applicable to properties in collection areas.

Option 3: Reduced Farm rate, higher Vacant Land rate and a Farming for Climate rebate to replaces the Land Management Rebate

This option decreases the Farm rate contribution to 75 per cent and raises the Vacant Land contribution rate to 175 per cent. It includes a Farming for Climate rebate and removes the Land Management Rebate. General rates remain at 100 per cent and a Garbage Charge is applicable to properties in collection areas.

The Farming for Climate rebate would be available to farming properties who complete a Climate Adaptation Plan (CAP) and associated Carbon Farming activities. The plans would be registered and approved by Bass Coast Landcare Network.

Option 4: Increase Farm rate

This option increases the Farm Rate contribution to 100 per cent. The General rate remains at 100 per cent, Vacant Land at 150 per cent and the Land Management Rebate continues to be available. A Garbage Charge is applicable to properties in collection areas.

For more information on the Rating Strategy Review, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/ratingstrategy, phone 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email basscoast@basscoast.vic.gov.au.