Overview - Rates
Rates are the City's primary source of income and are used to provide essential infrastructure and services to our community.
Rates are determined annually by Council during a budget deliberation process. This process can be challenging and takes into account a number of factors including
- provisions for increasing service costs
- capital works
Council's aim is to keep increases to a minimum while generating enough income to continue to provide services and achieve annual objectives.
How your Rates Contribute
Your rates help pay for a multitude of services to the municipality and local community. During the budgetary process Council determines and puts together the Municipal Plan outlining work programs, goals and budgets for that financial year.
In general your rates contribute to
- essential services (roads, water, sewerage and garbage collection)
- community facilities
- community programs
- infrastructure (parks, libraries, community centres)
If you would like to find out more about what your rates are contributing towards, please view our annual Municipal Plans under Publications and Forms.
Declaration of Rates
Rates are declared annually and published on our website. You can find our declaration of rates under Publications and Forms.