Statement of Objects & Reasons for Differential Rates

All land except for exempt land in the Shire of Gingin is rated according to its Gross Rental Value (GRV) in townsites or Unimproved Value (UV) in the remainder of the Shire of Gingin. 

The general rates for the 2020-21 financial year have been determined by Council on the basis of raising the revenue required to meet the deficiency between the total estimated expenditure proposed in the budget and the estimated revenue to be received from all sources other than rates and also considering the extent of any increase in rating over the level adopted in the previous year.

The minimum rates have been determined by Council on the basis that all ratepayers must make a reasonable contribution to the cost of the Shire of Gingin’s services/facilities.

OBJECTS AND REASONS FOR DIFFERENTIAL RATING

To provide equity in the rating of properties across the Shire, the following rate categories have been determined for the implementation of differential rating:

Differential General Rate

Description 

Characteristics 

Objects 

Reasons

Rural and Rural Other (including exploration and prospecting tenements). Where land is used predominantly for rural purposes, the rate levied shall be based upon its unimproved value (UV). The objective of this differential rating category is to impose a differential general rate on land held or used for the purposes of rural broad acre farming, rural residential, rural industry, other non-intensive uses as determined by Council (including exploration and prospecting tenements).

It recognises that land within this category does not have the same impacts on Shire transport infrastructure as the rural intensive/mining differential rate category.

Rural Intensive/Mining (excluding exploration and prospecting tenements). Any or a combination of the following characteristics:
  1. The purpose for which the land is zoned, whether or not under a local planning scheme or improvement scheme in force under the Planning and Development Act 2005; or
  2. A purpose for which the land is held or used as determined by the local government; or
  3. Whether the land is vacant or not; or
  4. Any other characteristic or combination of characteristics prescribed.
The objective of this differential rating category is to impose a differential general rate on land held or used for the purposes of Agriculture Intensive, Animal Husbandry - Intensive (excluding exploration and prospecting tenements), Extractive Industry, Mining, Aquaculture, or Water. It recognises that land within this category has higher impacts on Shire transport infrastructure and increased environmental monitoring costs.

Differential Minimum Rate

Description 

Characteristics 

Objects 

Reasons

Rural and Rural Other (including exploration and prospecting tenements). Where land is used predominantly for rural purposes, the rate levied shall be based upon its unimproved value (UV). The objective of the proposed minimum payment of $1,400 (unchanged from last financial year) is to ensure that the proportion of total rate revenue derived from Rural and Rural Other UV properties is essentially consistent with
the overall rate increase for this category (including exploration and prospecting tenements).
It recognises that every property receives a minimum level of benefit from works and services provided.
Rural Intensive/Mining (excluding exploration and prospecting tenements). Any or a combination of the following characteristics:
  1. The purpose for which the land is zoned, whether or not under a local planning scheme or improvement scheme in force under the Planning and Development Act 2005; or
  2. A purpose for which the land is held or used as determined by the local government; or
  3. Whether the land is vacant or not; or
  4. Any other characteristic or combination of characteristics prescribed.
The objective of this minimum payment is to reflect the additional costs from this sector associated with the higher impact on transport infrastructure and environmental monitoring. The minimum rate of $2,548 (unchanged from last financial year) also ensures that the proportion of total rate revenue from Rural Intensive/Mining UV properties (excluding exploration and prospecting tenements) is essentially consistent with the overall rate increase for this category. It recognises that land within this category has higher impacts on Shire transport infrastructure and increased environmental monitoring costs, and the capacity of property owners to pass on the rates charge as a business cost.

Shire of Gingin Offices

Gingin

7 Brockman Street
Gingin WA 6503

T: (08) 9575 5100

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

Lancelin

255 Vins Way
Lancelin WA 6044

T: (08) 9575 5155

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

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