City rates are calculated by multiplying a rate in the dollar (set by the Council) by your property valuation, as supplied by the WA State Government Valuation Services Department
The City sets the rate in the dollar as part of each year’s budget process. It is based on the City’s expenditure requirements, both operating and capital, offset by other forms of income such as government grants and fees for service.
There are two possible bases for the valuation of your property:
- Unimproved Value (UV) is used for primary producers whose main source of income is derived from the land, with activities such as farming and horticulture. This valuation is based on the unimproved capital value of the land.
- Gross Rental Value (GRV) is used for all other properties. The valuation is based on a theoretical annual rental value should the property be rented to a third party. If the land is vacant, the Valuation Services office will base the valuation on 5 per cent of the capital value.
Council sets a minimum rate to ensure that all ratepayers contribute an equitable amount for City services.
For further information on the calculation of rateable values, contact Landgate Valuation Services at the following website.