Capping of Rates

Rate Capping (Discretionary Rebate)

Section 166 (1) (l) of the Local Government Act provides for the discretionary rebate of rates.

Council proposes to provide relief against a substantial increase in rates payable on residential properties by applying a rebate (capping) of general rates to eligible ratepayers.

Council has proposed a two tiered rate capping policy for the 2016/17 financial year:

Tier 1 – Rate Capping for Qualifying Residential Ratepayers

A rebate of general rates is proposed to be granted to Residential ratepayers on their principal place of residence within the category of residential land use, under the above Act.

The Annual Business Plan 2016/17 proposes a 12% rate-cap with a $20 minimum and a $200 maximum (excluding new or improved properties) for ratepayers who meet the Qualifying Criteria set out below.

Tier 2 – Rate Capping for Qualifying Pensioners and Self-Funded Retirees

A rebate of general rates is proposed to be granted to qualifying Pensioners and Self-Funded Retirees, who are residential ratepayers on their principal place of residence within the category of residential land use under the above Act and do not own any other property and meet the Qualifying Criteria set out below.

The Annual Business Plan 2016/17 proposes a 9% rate-cap with a $10 minimum and a $300 maximum for those Pensioners and Self-Funded Retirees who meet the qualifying criteria set out below. 

Qualifying Criteria:

  • The property is the owner’s principal place of residence.
  • The property has not had more than $20,000 of improvements.
  • The property value has not increased due to a zoning change.
  • The land use for rating purposes has not changed since 1st July of the previous financial year.
  • The property has not sold since the 1st January of the previous financial year. 

Rate Capping will be applied automatically to properties that can be readily identified as being eligible. Where this rebate is not applied automatically, ratepayers who consider they could be eligible for Rate Capping may lodge an application which will be assessed against the eligibility criteria. The application must be lodged by 30 June 2017.

If you believe you qualify for the capping rebate and did not receive it on your rates notice, please contact:

Rates Department
Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Phone: 8375 6600
Fax: 8375 6699
Email: council@marion.sa.gov.au 
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046
In person: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047

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