When can I expect to receive my rates notice?
Rate notices for the 2017/2018 financial year will be mailed out to all our ratepayers in August 2017.
Why do I need to pay rates?
The collection of rates from property owners is our primary means of raising revenue to pay for all the services we provide. Rate payments are your investment in services and infrastructure for the Yarra community.
In 2016/2017, our budget provides for a total income of $176.2 million, of which $100.6 million comes from general rates. The remaining income is to be raised from fees and charges, parking revenue, government grants and interest from investments.
Follow these steps to register to receive your rates notice by email.
Step 1: Register online or scan the QR code printed on the front of your rate notice.
Step 2: Complete the registration information required and click 'save'.
Step 3: Verify your email after through the 'Active your account' email you would have received in your inbox.
Once activated, all future rate notices will then be emailed to you.
Note: We can only send your rate notice via email. Other letters or notices will still be sent to your postal address. You can also login to your account to update your details.
Fire Services Levy on your rates notice
The State Government has directed all Victorian councils to collect a Fire Services Property Levy in conjunction with council rates.
Although this levy appears on rates notices, it is not a council charge for council services.
It replaces the existing fire services levy charged by insurance companies in your home insurance premiums.
How much will the Fire Services Property Levy cost?
The Fire Services Property Levy comprises a fixed component of $105 for residential properties and $213 for non-residential properties, plus a variable component based on a percentage of the capital improved value (CIV) of the property.
The State Government has advised a variable component of 5.9 cents per $1,000 of the CIV for residential properties. This would work out to a total contribution of $152.20 for a property worth $800,000.
A concession will be available to some Department of Veterans Affairs gold card holders and Pensioner Concession Card holders.
To calculate how much your Fire Services Property Levy contribution will be, you can use the online calculator available on the Fire Services Property Levy website.