Rates notices in the mail

4 August 2014

Rates notices will begin to arrive in Bayside mailboxes this week.

Mayor, Cr Laurence Evans, said that the rate rise has been kept to a modest 3.9 percent as part of the Council’s commitment to keeping rates as low as possible.

“Bayside City Council is committed to ensuring that rates remain as low as possible whilst maintaining or improving existing levels of service to our community,” Cr Evans said.

“The 2014–15 rates notices come on the back of a strong Council Budget which will see increased investment in community infrastructure and debt reduction of $2.2 million, helping to ensure a financially sustainable Council now and into the future,” he said.

Individual property rates are based on the value of each property relative to the value of other properties in Bayside and all properties were revalued on 1 January 2014 as required by law.

Cr Evans said rates in areas that have experienced higher growth in property values compared with other areas of Bayside will increase slightly more than the average to reflect this adjustment in relative property values.

“The average increase in property values for the whole of Bayside was 1 per cent. Cheltenham and Beaumaris have experienced higher than average growth in property values,” Cr Evans said.

“This means that properties in these areas will experience rate increases slightly higher than the 3.9 per cent average to reflect the bigger growth in their property values,” he said.

Income from rates and charges goes towards funding over 100 different services offered by Council.

These include community safety through local laws and animal management; the maintenance and improvement of parks, sporting facilities and the foreshore; aged and disability services; public libraries; family and child services; waste management; and costs such as street lighting, street scaping and footpath maintenance.

As part of the 2014–15 budget, Council is increasing infrastructure spending by 20 per cent to ensure a vibrant, safe and prosperous Bayside Community.

“The 2014–15 budget will see a 20 per cent increase in infrastructure spending to a total of $27 million,” Cr Evans said.

“This will enable us to undertake important improvements to commercial areas such as street scaping in Brighton’s Martin Street shopping precinct, the development of a new sporting pavilion at the Banksia Reserve in Beaumaris, and upgrades to facilities at Cheltenham Park,” Cr Evans said.

Property owners are able to pay rates either online via credit card or BPAY, in person at the Council offices or any branch of Australia Post, over the phone or by mail.

For further information please visit the Rates page of the Bayside City Council website.

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