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Port Augusta’s Rates Reviewed

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Port Augusta City Council are holding two information sessions tomorrow, in regards to the proposed changes to the basis of rating for the 2021/2022 rating year.

All community members are invited to attend the sessions which are set to take place at Central Oval’s Meeting Room.

Council have said, “The proposed change is aimed at making the rating system more equitable for all rate payers and proposes a rating system based on Capital Value with a base fixed charge, rather than the current Site value and minimum rate system.”

“No more than 35% of the total number of rateable properties can be charged a minimum rate. There is currently around 33% of properties in Port Augusta paying the minimum rate.”

“This constraint means ratepayers in the mid to high range will typically have relatively higher increases in rates than ratepayers at the lower range of site values, arguably creating greater levels of inequity.”

“Fluctuations in capital values of similar residential properties in different zones are generally less volatile than fluctuations in site values.”

“A ‘fixed charge’ can enhance equity and responds to community feedback in relation to ratepayers paying varying amounts of Council rates.”

Council have stated that they will determine the specifics of the proposed capital value/fixed charge system, in the fairest way possible for all rate payers, with more discussions to follow at tomorrow’s meeting.

The first session will kick off at 1pm with the second to follow at 6pm tomorrow evening.

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