Property owners in the Bega Valley Shire receive their annual rates notice at the end of July each year.
Your annual rates notice is made up of your ordinary rates plus service charges.
The ordinary rate is calculated in two parts:
These two parts combined are your ordinary rate.
The service charges are for waste, water, sewer and stormwater.
All these amounts make up your annual rates.
Example of Rates Notice with full services for Residential, Farmland and Business categories
|Rates and Charges||
|Base Rate (Ordinary Rates)||$480.10||$480.10||$480.10|
|20mm Water Access Charge||$215.00||$215.00||$215.00|
|Domestic or Commercial Waste Charge||$402.50||$402.00||$557.50|
|Domestic or Commercial Garden Organics||$55.50||$55.50||$55.50|
You can pay your annual rates in full or by four instalments.
The full amount needs to paid by August 31 and instalments are to be paid by the following dates:
Payments can be made by paying in person at any post office or at the Council offices, by credit card, by direct debit, mail or BPay. read more »»»
Overpayments and Refunds – Rates and Water Accounts
If you have a credit on your rates or water account with the Bega Valley Shire Council, and require a refund, please download the Request for Refund from Rates or Water Account form, fill it out, sign and lodge the form with the Bega Valley Shire Council. When confirmed, the money will be paid directly into your account or dispatched to you as a cheque, as per your request on the form.
If you are late with your payments, Council is required under the Local Government Act to charge interest on overdue balances at a rate of 7.5% per annum calculated daily. This interest rate is not set by Council, it is set each year by the Minister for Local Government and cannot be varied. read more »»»
If you have a pensioner concession card your may be eligible for a rebate. To be eligible the rateable property must be your principal place of residence. The maximum rebate each year is $425 if you receive water and sewerage services from Council. If you think you are eligible for a rebate and it is not shown on your rates notice please phone our customer service centre on 02 6499 2222. Please note that all pensioner rebate applications will undergo confirmation by Centrelink. read more »»»
Bega Valley Shire Council understands that many people at different stages of their lives experience financial difficulties. Please let us know if you are unable to make your payments by the due date. Your situation will be treated in the strictest confidence and we will work with you to make suitable arrangements.
If you do not make contact with Council in relation to your outstanding levy you may be subject to debt recovery action, which could cost you additional fees and lead to court proceedings. Overdue rates incur interest on the overdue balance at a rate of 10% per annum. This interest rate is required to be charged under the Local Government Act.
The NSW Government announced on 30th May 2017 that the Fire and Emergency Services Levy will not proceed on Council rate notices from July 1 2017 and has been deferred indefinitely. More information can be found at www.fesl.nsw.gov.au.