Rates & Charges are an important source of revenue accounting for approximately 50% of the Council’s income each year to provide a range of services, projects and infrastructure to the community. Rate levels are set through a rigorous budget process of review and consultation each year, where Council seeks to balance the demand for services and infrastructure with the community’s capacity to pay.
The following Rates and Charges apply in accordance with Council resolution dated 30 June 2020. Rates are calculated on each property's Assessed Annual Value (AAV) which is the rental value determined by the Valuer General.
|GENERAL RATES||CENTS IN $AAV||CHARGE / MINIMUM|
|Quarries or Mining||8.17||$299|
|Residential Low Density||6.28||$488|
|Sport & Recreation||6.77||$299|
|140 litre mobile garbage bin||$115|
|240 litre mobile garbage bin||$172|
|Additional recycle service||$84|
|On-site disposal system||$640|
|Lake River (per km)||$Nil|
Council varies the General Rate pursuant to Section 107 of the Local Government Act 1993, by reason of use or zone of the land. The General Rate applies to each parcel of land separately valued under the Valuation of Land Act 2001, except for those exempt by statute.
The Fire Levy collected on behalf of the State Government in 2020/21 amounts to $616,641. The basis on which the fire service is varied, is the location of the land within the volunteer brigade district comprising of Cressy, Campbell Town, Longford, Perth & Evandale urban areas, and the general district, comprising of all other land. There is a minimum charge of $41 per property.
A fortnightly waste and recycling collection service is provided for residential and some rural properties. An additional waste collection will be provided during the Christmas / New Year period, which will result in collections for three consecutive weeks during this period. A collection calendar is available for your convenience. Property owners may request an additional service or change the size of a bin by completing a form available from the Customer Service Staff on 63977303.
An onsite disposal charge of $640 applies where Council provides management of on-site wastewater management systems installed on private properties.
There will be not be a rate levied per kilometre of river frontage for properties adjacent t the Lake River during 2020/2021.
All Local Government rates are GST exempt.
Payment may be made in one sum of the total Rates and Charges by 31 August 2020 or in three equal instalments.
A discount of 1% (on current rates and charges) will be given to ratepayers paying by the one sum payment method.
Rates may be paid in three equal instalments by:
31 August 2020
30 November 2020
29 February 2021
Rate payers wishing to make special arrangements to pay their rates should contact the rates officer prior to the first due date, however the making of arrangements does not preclude charging of interest and penalty.
Pursuant to section 205 fees and charges included on the rates notice are due and payable by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd due dates. No GST is included on rates account.
Financial Hardship Assistance
A ratepayer may be eligible for support under Council's Covid-19 Recovery and Care Package for Financial Hardship Assistance if they are experiencing genuine and serious financial hardship. Application for assistance is to be provided on the prescribed form Here or from our Customer Service Staff.
You may choose one of the following methods for payment of rates:
Simply present your account with your payment to the cashier at the Council Office at 13 Smith Street, Longford between 8:45 am and 4:30 pm (EFTPOS available)
Please call 1300 886 451 (Commonwealth Bank) or 1300 729 859 (Service Tasmania) and have your credit card ready.
Call your bank, credit union or building society to make this payment from your account. Please quote your biller code and customer reference.
BPAY View® sends your bills and statements straight to the same online bank you use to pay them, saving you from shuffling paper. To find out more download this pdf.
Click here to pay your rates through Service Tasmania's secure payment area.
Simply present your account with payment at Service Tasmania Shop, Town Hall, Campbell Town between 11 am and 4 pm.
Visit any Post Office to make a payment. Credit card payments not accepted.
Complete the authority on the reverse side of your rates notice and return it to:
Northern Midlands Council
PO Box 156
Longford TAS 7301
If you wish to pay by mail, simply forward your cheque marked "not negotiable", or money order to:
Northern Midlands Council
PO Box 156
Longford TAS 7301
Pensioners as at 1 July 2020 are entitled to a State Government rebate on Rates of 30 percent up to $474, or a reduced maximum of $322 if you are also a TasWater customer. This applies only to pensioner's principal place of residence, provided they satisfy the requirements of the State Government. A remission is available to a person holding a:
Council deducts previously eligible Pensioner Remissions from rates prior to issuing notices, but require new pensioners, pensioners who have recently relocated to our municipal area, or any pensioner who believes he/she should have been eligible for a Rate Remission, to complete the printable Concession Application for Rates Remission Form.
Ratepayers are encouraged to take advantage of a 1% discount which is allowed on rates and charges paid in full within thirty (30) days of issue (until 31 August 2020). Should any instalment not be paid by the due date, Council may require payment of the full amount due. Rates & Charges not paid before the due date will attract:
During times of severe financial hardship please phone our Customer Service Team on (03) 6397 7303 to discuss a payment arrangement.
The Valuer General will provide notice to you when your property values have changed under the Valuation of Land Act 2001.
Values provided are:
If you desire to object to the values of your property it should be made on a prescribed form from the Valuer General's Office and lodged within the period of 60 days after the date of the notice of the new values.
Click here to go to the Office of the Valuer-General's website.
When you purchase a property please check that rates for the current financial period have been paid in the property settlement. Rates liability is a charge upon the land and is automatically transferred to the new owner if not paid.
It is important to keep your contact details up-to-date so you will receive your rate statements in a timely manner.
You can change your postal address details for your Council rates notice with the lodgement of the Change of Address form by:
NOTE: We are unable to change postal details unless all property owners have signed the form. If you are an executor of a deceased estate we will require notification from the solicitor, guardianship, probate, or power of attorney.
Marriage or Deed Poll
If you are a land owner and you change your name by marriage or deed poll, Council needs a copy of the official certificate to change the rates account. You can get a copy of the certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Please note a change of name with Council does not change your title. To change the names on your title you will need to contact your solicitor.
If a company owns the property and changes the registered company name, Council will need a copy of the change of name certificate. You can obtain a copy of this certificate from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
The current property owner is responsible for the rates debt. When properties are brought or sold the rates need to be adjusted to reflect the new ownership, the Solicitor managing the sale will send notification to the Land Titles Office. Council alters its property ownership records after receiving official notification of change of ownership from the Land Titles Office, please note this can take up to 8 weeks. Council cannot accept change of ownership details from the new owner until we have received notification from the Land Titles Office.
If you would like to have your rates notice emailed to you, rather than posted or if you would like to cancel your emailed rates notice and go back to posted, please fill in the following form and we will update our records accordingly.
Please note that if you get your rates notice emailed you will not receive a paper copy.
If you choose to get sms reminders only, you will receive your original rates notice via post and then all reminders and overdue notifications via sms (no paper copy posted).