Review of Council's Rating method

Consultation has concluded

The District Council of Yankalilla is considering changing the existing method of rating.

Council is contemplating replacing its minimum rate (which was $850 in 2014/15 and 2015/16) with a fixed charge. If a fixed charge was introduced the amount would be determined at the time Council adopts its 2016/17 budget and would depend on budget proposals and any changes in property values and revenue from other sources. It may be of the order of $200 to $400 per property (single farm enterprises would be treated as one property).

Total rate revenue raised will be unaffected by any change in the method of rating.

Because a fixed charge would apply to all ratepayers the 'rate in the dollar' council levies against each property’s value would fall. Some ratepayers may pay more but this would be offset by others paying less.

Council would also like to reduce the higher differential rate it applies to vacant land. This rate is currently 170% of the rate applied to residential properties. It may also increase slightly the differential rate it applies to primary production properties (currently 91% of the residential rate) so that that rate is closer to the residential rate.

The actual 'rate in the dollar' and relative differential rates will be determined (as is usual) when budget proposals are determined for each new financial year.


The District Council of Yankalilla is considering changing the existing method of rating.

Council is contemplating replacing its minimum rate (which was $850 in 2014/15 and 2015/16) with a fixed charge. If a fixed charge was introduced the amount would be determined at the time Council adopts its 2016/17 budget and would depend on budget proposals and any changes in property values and revenue from other sources. It may be of the order of $200 to $400 per property (single farm enterprises would be treated as one property).

Total rate revenue raised will be unaffected by any change in the method of rating.

Because a fixed charge would apply to all ratepayers the 'rate in the dollar' council levies against each property’s value would fall. Some ratepayers may pay more but this would be offset by others paying less.

Council would also like to reduce the higher differential rate it applies to vacant land. This rate is currently 170% of the rate applied to residential properties. It may also increase slightly the differential rate it applies to primary production properties (currently 91% of the residential rate) so that that rate is closer to the residential rate.

The actual 'rate in the dollar' and relative differential rates will be determined (as is usual) when budget proposals are determined for each new financial year.


Consultation has concluded
  • Public Consultation has closed on this matter

    by M. Robertson, over 1 year ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The closing date for submissions was Friday 29th January 2016.

    We had 312 visitors to the on-line engagement page at Your Say Yankalilla for this matter, with 123 people accessing information and 29 who lodged comments. A further 14 submission have been received at the Council offices and in excess of 65 people attended the 3 Public Forums held throughout the district during January 2016.

    Council will now consider the written and on-line submissions prior to debating a final decision on whether or not to alter the current method of rating.

    There is an opportunity for people to attend a formal Public Meeting to verbally summarise their submission or make a verbal submission to the Councillors, to be held on Tuesday 16th February 2016 at the Council Chambers, 1 Charles Street Yankalilla, commencing at 6pm.

    The closing date for submissions was Friday 29th January 2016.

    We had 312 visitors to the on-line engagement page at Your Say Yankalilla for this matter, with 123 people accessing information and 29 who lodged comments. A further 14 submission have been received at the Council offices and in excess of 65 people attended the 3 Public Forums held throughout the district during January 2016.

    Council will now consider the written and on-line submissions prior to debating a final decision on whether or not to alter the current method of rating.

    There is an opportunity for people to attend a formal Public Meeting to verbally summarise their submission or make a verbal submission to the Councillors, to be held on Tuesday 16th February 2016 at the Council Chambers, 1 Charles Street Yankalilla, commencing at 6pm.