Rates

Rates Information

Rates are levied on all rateable properties within the boundaries of the Shire of Bruce Rock in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995. The overall objective of the proposed rates and charges in the 2020-2021 budget is to provide for the net (i.e. after taking into account all other forms of revenue) funding requirements of the Shire’s services, activities, financing costs and the current and future capital requirements of the Shire as outlined in the Shire’s Corporate Business Plan and Strategic Resources Plan.

Contact

Council Officers can assist you with the following information and advice relating to:

  • Rates information
  • Pensioner rates rebate scheme
  • Change of ownership and address
  • Property enquiries (fees are payable)
  • Council elections
  • Electoral roll

 

Rates Officer: Shire Administration Office
Phone: (08) 9061 1377
Email: admin@brucerock.wa.gov.au

Payments

The 2020/21 rates are due by 9 October 2020 if paying in full. Alternatively, if you have arranged with us to pay in instalments, those due dates are indicated in the table below.

Payment can be made:

 

In Person                   Shire Administration Office – Johnson Street, Bruce Rock

                                    8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

                                    Cash, cheque, debit card, Visa and Mastercard accepted

 

By Mail                       Shire of Bruce Rock, PO Box 113, Bruce Rock WA 6418

                                    Cheques payable to Shire of Bruce Rock

                                    Do not post cash.

 

By EFT                       Please see Rates Notice for information regarding electronic funds transfer details

                                               

Rate Instalments

Council gives ratepayers the opportunity to either pay one payment or to pay the rates off by instalments, either 2 or 4 payments. To be eligible for this payment option the first payment must be received by 9th October 2020. The is no instalment plan interest or administration charge this year, in response to COVID-19.

                                                            4 payment plan                    2 payment plan

1st instalment                                    9 October 2020                    9 October 2020

2nd instalment                                   11 December 2020              11 December 2020

3rd instalment                                    12 February 2021                N/A

4th Instalment                                    16 April 2021                        N/A

 

Late Payment Penalty Interest

Under the provisions of Section 6.51 of the Local Government Act 1995 Council may charge interest on the overdue amount. This year the penalty interest rate is 8% and will commence from 1st March 2021 on outstanding amounts. This is later than usual and is Council’s response to COVID-19. This rate is set in accordance with Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations 1996. Eligible pensioners and seniors are exempt from late payment penalty interest.

Arrears

Rates and Services are payable within 35 days of the date of issue of the original rate notice (refer to due date of this notice). Any rates outstanding after this date may be recovered by legal action. COSTS OF LEGAL ACTION WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR ACCOUNT.

If payment is allowed to fall into arrears for a period of three years or more Council may:

  1. Take the land and let it on lease.
  2. Sell the land.
  3. Have the land vested in the Local Government.
  4. Have the land revested in the Crown.

COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, alternative payment arrangements can be made with the Shire of Bruce Rock by contacting the Administration Office on (08) 90611377. We strongly encourage those who have difficulties to contact the Office as early as possible. The Shire of Bruce Rock has a financial hardship policy that can be found below. 

COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy.pdf

Rates Frequently Asked Questions