Rating Payment Information
Council offers the opportunity to pay rates in four instalments, due on the 9 September 2016, 9 December 2016, 9 March 2017 and 9 June 2017. Council rates may be paid using the following options:
- By posting a cheque or money order to Coorong District Council at PO Box 399, Tailem Bend SA 5260
- On-line by clicking here
- In person by cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS at the Meningie, Tailem Bend or Tintinara Offices
- By BPAY - see rate notice for biller code & reference number
- By Post BPAY – see rate notice for biller code & reference number
- By EFT Transfer to Council’s Bank Account (please quote Asst No as Reference)
Account No 015437140
Account Name Coorong District Council
Any ratepayer who may, or is likely to, experience difficulty with meeting the standard payments arrangements is invited to telephone 1300 785 277 to discuss alternative payment arrangements. Such enquiries are treated confidentially by the Council.
Late Payment of Rates
The Local Government Act provides that Councils impose an initial penalty of 2% on any payment for rates, whether by instalment or otherwise, that is received late. A payment that continues to be late is then charged a prescribed interest rate on the expiration of each month that it continues to be late. For the 2014/2015 financial year, compound interest will be charged, per month, of the amount in arrears, at the prescribed percentage as set by the Local Government Finance Authority.
Council’s Debt Recovery Policy will be applied to all debts (rates and sundry debtors) over $200 that is not in dispute or the subject of a payment arrangement which have been outstanding for 60 days.
Sale of Land for Non-payment of Rates
The Local Government Act provides that Council may sell any property where the rates have been in arrears for three years or more. Council is required to notify the owner of the land of the amounts outstanding and its intention to sell the land if payment of the outstanding amount is not received within one month. Except in extraordinary circumstances, Council will enforce the sale of land for arrears of rates.
Rebate of Rates
The Local Government Act requires Councils to rebate the rates payable on some land. Specific provisions are made for land used for health services, community services, religious purposes, public cemeteries, and educational institutions. Discretionary rebates may be applied by Council under Section 166 of the Act.
The purpose for Council granting discretionary rebates is to assist those organisations to maintain their facilities which are predominately on Council property.
A full list of mandatory and discretionary rate rebate recipients is included in Council’s Rate Rebate Policy.
For the year ending 30 June 2015, Council has decided to make generally available a rebate on the differential general rates paid, so that the maximum rate paid in 2014/2015 is no greater than 10% more than that applicable in 2013/2014 for residential properties, and 20% for all other properties. The rebate is subject to the increase not being due to capital improvements on the property or a change in ownership with the new value reflecting the purchase price. Council has adopted this position for the current financial year due to the change in its Rating Policy and the subsequent impact this may have on its ratepayers.
Pensioner Concessions/State Seniors Concession/Other Concessions
An eligible pensioner may be entitled to a concession on their principal place of residence. All pensioner concession applications are administered by the State Government.
Further information can be obtained by telephoning the DCSI Concessions Hotline on 1800 307 758 or for those with a hearing or speech impairment can telephone 8226 6789.
Postponement of Rates for Seniors
Ratepayers who hold a State Seniors Card are able to apply to Council to postpone payment of rates on their principal place of residence. Postponed rates attract interest and remain as a charge on the land which is not required to be repaid until the property is sold or disposed of.
Single Farm Enterprise
A single farm enterprise must be comprised of two or more pieces of rateable land which are farm land and are occupied by the same person or persons. To enable properties to be identified as single farm enterprises it will be necessary for ratepayers to complete the application form below to provide details to Council to enable Council to identify the land concerned.
Change of Address
If changing address or property ownership, you may continue to be liable for rates until your name is removed from our assessment record, or your address details are correct. Please advise any changes as quickly as possible by completing the form below, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with all the details, including assessment number and daytime telephone number.
Councils 2015/2016 Rating Policy
A full copy of Council’s 2015/2016 Rating Policy is available below. The Policy provides full details on Council’s valuation and rating process.