Dates for Payment of Rates
The Local Government Act makes provision for payment of rates by quarterly amounts. These amounts are payable by -
- 31 August
- 30 November
- 28 February
- 31 May
If you elect to pay by quarterly amounts, individual notices will be issued at least one month prior to these dates (Section 562 Local Government Act, 1993). Should you wish to pay in full, payment must be received by the date of the first instalment.
Please note: The due date for payment, does not apply to Rates and Charges in arrears, nor does the 1st instalment due date. If there are arrears of rates and/or charges shown, although they are included in the 1st instalment amount, they are overdue and should be paid immediately. Rates and Charges may be paid outside instalment dates, subject to terms and conditions as set by Council. Each unpaid instalment amount becomes a recoverable amount after its due date. If no arrangement is made to pay the amount due, debt recovery action will commence.
If you are experiencing difficulties paying your rates, please contact Council immediately to discuss payment options and/or enter into an arrangement with Council to make periodic payments in accordance with Council's Debt Recovery Policy. Please note interest charges will however still apply. These enquiries are treated confidentially and will help prevent costly legal action for recovery of rates from commencing.
Allocation of Monies
Money paid to Council in respect of rates or charges levied on land is to be applied towards payment of those rates or charges, including interest and legal costs, in the order in which the rates or charges became due. (Section 568 Local Government Act, 1993.)
Interest charges will accrue on a daily basis on quarterly rate accounts which are not paid by the due dates (Section 566 Local Government Act, 1993). Under certain circumstances, Council may consider writing off interest charges. Applications for consideration must be made in writing (Section 567 Local Government Act, 1993).
The interest percentage will be shown on the front of your Rates & Charges Notice.
Section 603 Certificates
Section 603 Certificates provide confirmation of property and ownership details including all outstanding rates and charges. The timeframe for the issue of the Certifcate is seven days from the date of receipt of the application.
Change of Address
If your current postal address is different from the address shown on the front of the Rates & Charges Notice or Water Consumption Notice, please notify Council immediately by post or telephone. You may also download and complete the form below.
Name Change on the Rates & Charges Notice
If you have changed your name as it appears on your Rates & Charges Notice (example, by way of marriage or Deed Poll), you must contact the Land and Property Information (LPI) NSW office.
The Land and Property Information (LPI) NSW office will require a copy of all supporting documentations to process the alteration to your name. The Land and Property Information (LPI) NSW office will alter the deeds and notify Council accordingly.
Requests for clarification on matters referred to above and any other rating inquiry should be directed by telephone or in person to Council's Customer Service Centre in Gulgong, Mudgee or Rylstone.
Why do you have to pay council rates?
Councils help local communities run smoothly. They administer various laws and regulations to help maintain and improve services and facilities for the community. These services include community services, sporting and recreation services, environmental planning, public health, environmental protection, water & sewer services and waste collection, treatment and disposal. The rates you pay allow your council to fund these services.
How does a council decide how much you have to pay in rates and charges?
Each council is required to determine the combination of rates, charges & fees needed to fund the services it provides to the community. This is called a revenue policy. The revenue policy contains a rating structure that determines which rates and charges you will have to pay and how they will be calculated. Charges are generally determined on either an annual basis or according to usage - or they may be a combination of both, for example, water supply charges.
Councils can choose how they calculate and distribute rates among categories of rateable properties in the council area. For each category or sub-category, rates within Mid-Western Regional Council's area are calculated according to the land value of each property, subject to a minimum amount.
The land value of each property is determined by the Land and Property Information Division of the Department of Lands (formerly known as the NSW Valuer General's Office).
Is there any way of knowing in advance what your rates and charges will be?
Every year, before the final amounts are fixed, councils must prepare a draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan that includes their proposed revenue policy for the following year. This policy must include details of all rates and charges that the council is proposing to levy on ratepayers. The draft Delivery Plan and Operational Plan must be available to the public.
Can you object to what council is proposing?
The draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan must be put on exhibition prior to its adoption to give members of the public an opportunity to comment. This usually happens around April or May each year. Councils must consider any submissions by the public before adopting the plan. This is your opportunity to raise any issues about the rates and charges for the following year. Once the rates and charges have been adopted for a particular year, they cannot be changed until the next year.
Do you pay a domestic waste management charge if you don't use the service?
Yes. The Local Government Act requires councils to levy an annual charge for providing domestic waste management services on all parcels of rateable land for which the service is available, whether or not it is actually used. It is considered that all property owners should contribute to the current and future provision of waste services.
Do I pay a waste charge if I live out of town?
Yes. All properties are charged a General Waste charge. This charge is levied to fund the operation, maintenance & upgrade of the Regional Waste Facility (landfill and recycling) at Mudgee and 14 waste transfer stations throughout the region. Residents are not charged for delivering domestic household waste from their place of residence to Council's waste facilities.