Rates & Valuations > General Rates, Municipal & Garbage Charges
All Councils in Australia charge property rates. Rates are a "tax" on properties. They provide Council with the money that is needed to pay for a broad range of services, programs, facilities and infrastructure from parks and playgrounds to roads and immunisations. The Horsham Rural City Council raises approx 40% of its revenue by means of rates and charges levied on rateable property. The balance of the revenue is obtained chiefly from government grants and fees for services. Rates are levied on each property based on its Capital Improved Value, being the total market value of the property, including land and all improvements, but not including chattels, furniture and fittings (check the related 'Valuations' page to see how capital improved valuations are determined).
Rates are charged at different rates in the dollar for farms and other land. Rates on any property may be calculated by multiplying its Capital Improved Value by the applicable rate in the dollar. The rate notice for a property will show the particular rate that has been applied to that property.
In 2016/2017 the General Rate is: 0.005044 cents
The Farm Rate is: 0.004035 cents
A municipal charge of $276.00 is levied on all rateable properties, with exemptions applicable where more than one farming property makes up a single farming enterprise operated by the same person or persons. Where additional properties are purchased which form part of an existing farming enterprise, exemptions may be granted to eligible properties upon application. Where a farming enterprise comprises more than one dwelling, a municipal charge is applicable to every additional dwelling.
The charge forms part of the rates levied by the Council. It does not raise additional revenue but distributes the rates in a way that Council considers to be fairer and more equitable. If there were no municipal charge the rate in the dollar would be greater, making the rates themselves higher and increasing the difference between the rates levied on low and high valued properties. A municipal charge helps to ensure that owners of low valued properties contribute a reasonable amount to meeting the cost of the non-property services provided by the Council.
Farmers with multiple properties that operate as a single farm enterprise can apply for an exemption from paying more than one fixed charge. Download the form here.
Garbage charges for the collection and disposal of domestic refuse are levied on all residential properties in the Horsham and Natimuk townships, according to the capacity of garbage bins selected by owners, at the following annual charges per bin:
The residential and commercial bin charge includes one 240 litre fortnightly recycling bin service. Replacement of lost, stolen or damaged bins may be at a cost to property owners or occupiers.
Details for Council's Transfer Stations are available here.