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Approximately 60% of the City's funding is generated by rate revenue. As such, rates are critical in enabling the City to deliver essential services and projects that will sustain the community for many years to come . These include the paths you walk or ride along every day, parks and gardens and recreational grounds, including the playgrounds and barbecue areas available for you and your families to use. This year the City faces a unique set of challenges to deliver a financially responsible Budget.


COVID-19 Hardship Policy and Application


City's COVID-19 Financial Assistance Package



2020-2021 Your Rates Explained
Brochure





Frequently Asked Questions



Where your rates go at
the City


Financial Support Services





Ask a question



Information for seniors













The City recognises the economic impact of COVID-19 and has met the State Government’s request for a zero rate revenue increase for 2020-2021.

What are the challenges for the City of Belmont?

  • The State Government’s decision to proceed with the triennial GRV revaluation process will result in some properties incurring an increase in rates.
  • State legislation stipulates the way that local government must calculate its rate charge per property, and prevents just charging the same as last year.
  • As a result of the GRV revaluation process, the City’s rate in the dollar must increase to keep rate revenue the same.
  • Keeping the same rate in the dollar as in 2019-2020, would reduce rate revenue in excess of $7 Million.
  • Borrowing to fund the shortfall in revenue needed for operational cost this year, would potentially result in significant future rate raises to repay the borrowing and associated interest charges.
  • A reduction of this amount would severely limit the City’s ability to deliver essential services, maintain parks and playgrounds, and invest in capital works projects.

What has the City of Belmont done for its community?

  • Unanimously voted to incorporate into the Financial Hardship Policy (COVID-19) a one-off payment for residential ratepayers who receive a rates increase resulting from the Gross Rental Value (GRV) revaluation up to the value of $250.
  • The City has consistently delivered minimal rate raises, in line with CPI, over many years.
  • The City already has one of the lowest rates in the dollar in the Perth Metropolitan Area.
  • A 5% reduction to annual Rubbish Charges has been applied for 2020-2021.
  • A 5% discount is available to rate payers who pay by the due date.
  • A Financial Hardship Policy (COVID-19) for all ratepayers experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 has been adopted by Council.
  • The City continues to invest in the local economy by continuing to support rate payers, residents and businesses – and buying local wherever possible.

To date Council’s total support package to the community to address COVID-19 implications is around $2 Million.


Payment of Rates at the City's Civic Centre

Please note under the City’s COVID Safety Plan and associated COVID-19 measures, our Civic Centre currently has a maximum capacity of 14 patrons. Please consider this when planning to visit us in person to process your rates. We apologise for any delays in service.

Approximately 60% of the City's funding is generated by rate revenue. As such, rates are critical in enabling the City to deliver essential services and projects that will sustain the community for many years to come . These include the paths you walk or ride along every day, parks and gardens and recreational grounds, including the playgrounds and barbecue areas available for you and your families to use. This year the City faces a unique set of challenges to deliver a financially responsible Budget.


COVID-19 Hardship Policy and Application


City's COVID-19 Financial Assistance Package



2020-2021 Your Rates Explained
Brochure





Frequently Asked Questions



Where your rates go at
the City


Financial Support Services





Ask a question



Information for seniors













The City recognises the economic impact of COVID-19 and has met the State Government’s request for a zero rate revenue increase for 2020-2021.

What are the challenges for the City of Belmont?

  • The State Government’s decision to proceed with the triennial GRV revaluation process will result in some properties incurring an increase in rates.
  • State legislation stipulates the way that local government must calculate its rate charge per property, and prevents just charging the same as last year.
  • As a result of the GRV revaluation process, the City’s rate in the dollar must increase to keep rate revenue the same.
  • Keeping the same rate in the dollar as in 2019-2020, would reduce rate revenue in excess of $7 Million.
  • Borrowing to fund the shortfall in revenue needed for operational cost this year, would potentially result in significant future rate raises to repay the borrowing and associated interest charges.
  • A reduction of this amount would severely limit the City’s ability to deliver essential services, maintain parks and playgrounds, and invest in capital works projects.

What has the City of Belmont done for its community?

  • Unanimously voted to incorporate into the Financial Hardship Policy (COVID-19) a one-off payment for residential ratepayers who receive a rates increase resulting from the Gross Rental Value (GRV) revaluation up to the value of $250.
  • The City has consistently delivered minimal rate raises, in line with CPI, over many years.
  • The City already has one of the lowest rates in the dollar in the Perth Metropolitan Area.
  • A 5% reduction to annual Rubbish Charges has been applied for 2020-2021.
  • A 5% discount is available to rate payers who pay by the due date.
  • A Financial Hardship Policy (COVID-19) for all ratepayers experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 has been adopted by Council.
  • The City continues to invest in the local economy by continuing to support rate payers, residents and businesses – and buying local wherever possible.

To date Council’s total support package to the community to address COVID-19 implications is around $2 Million.


Payment of Rates at the City's Civic Centre

Please note under the City’s COVID Safety Plan and associated COVID-19 measures, our Civic Centre currently has a maximum capacity of 14 patrons. Please consider this when planning to visit us in person to process your rates. We apologise for any delays in service.

  • Financial Hardship Policy (COVID-19)

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    30 Jun 2020

    As part of the City's COVID-19 Financial Assistance Package, Council unanimously voted to support a Financial Hardship Policy (COVID-19). This important policy shows our commitment to help the whole community to meet the unprecedented challenges arising from the pandemic.

    The City recognises that these challenges may result in financial hardship for ratepayers and so this Policy aims to ensure the City offers fair, equitable and consistent support, while treating all members of the community with respect and understanding at this difficult time.

    While evidence of COVID-19 hardship will be required, the City recognises that not all circumstances are alike and will adopt a flexible approach to a range of individual circumstances.

    Some of this assistance measures for those eligible include the imposition of no interest on outstanding rates for 2020-2021, no interest charged on other amounts owing and no additional charges for payments by instalments or payment arrangements. For residential ratepayers who received a rates increase resulting from an increased Gross Rental Value (GRV) revaluation, a one off payment of up to $250 can be requested.

    Click here to access the COVID-19 Hardship Policy and if you feel that you are eligible complete an online application.

    Documentation may be requested for the following:

    • A statement of your current financial position from a Financial Advisor
    • OR a letter or email from your Employer advising that you have either been stood down or made redundant and if on Jobkeeper, appropriate letter from your Employer which will need to include evidence of reduction from previous hours
    • If you are self-employed or a business, a letter advising how the COVID-19 has impacted your business or
    • A letter from your Property Manager confirming that your Tenant has lost their employment and you are not receiving any rental income, or a statement of the reduced amount
    • Notification of ownership of other properties both within the City of Belmont and other locations.
  • Councillors Unanimously Vote to Provide Rate Relief for Residents Impacted By COVID-19

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    30 Jun 2020

    Click here to listen to a message from Mayor Cr Phil Marks

    City of Belmont Councillors unanimously voted to provide financial assistance for up to $250 to eligible residential ratepayers who experience a rates increase for 2020-2021 resulting from the implementation of the State Government’s triennial Gross Rental Valuation.

    Councillors voted at the 23 June Ordinary Council Meeting to make eligible ratepayers able to apply for this one-off payment, if they can show they are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

    Councillors voted at the 23 June Ordinary Council Meeting to make eligible residents able to apply for this one-off payment.

    “While we don’t expect everyone who receives an increase will need (or qualify) to access this financial support, we hope that for those who do, this provides them with some financial relief,” City of Belmont Mayor Cr Phil Marks said.

    “This year Council is faced with the challenge of how to maintain the level of service and support our community expects, during a time where Councillors are aware that many in our community have been impacted financially by the COVID 19 Pandemic,” Mayor Marks said.

    “The full extent of the economic impact of COVID-19 on our community and its ratepayers remains unknown. As a Council we are committed to supporting residents and ratepayers through this time by providing fair and equitable support for those people who need it,” Mayor Marks said.

    “This help is an addition to the Financial Hardship Policy (COVID-19) already adopted by Council, as well as a 5% reduction to annual Rubbish Charges, and the City’s commitment to invest in the local economy by supporting ratepayers, residents and businesses – and buying local wherever possible,” he said.

    “The City will also continue to be one of the only Councils in WA to offer a 5% discount for ratepayers who pay in full by the due date.”

    Mayor Marks said that Council had previously voted in support of a zero per cent increase in rate revenue for the 2020-2021 financial year.

    “In April the City met the State Government’s request for a zero rate revenue increase for 2020-2021. This means overall the total amount of rates which are collected by the City this coming financial year will be the same amount as in the 2019-2020 financial year,” he said.

    “We have lobbied the State Government to postpone this year's triennial Gross Rental Value revaluations, but the State Government has chosen to proceed making a true rate freeze for our ratepayers impossible to achieve without reducing the activity and services provided by the City, or needing to incur debt which must be paid back in the future, most likely through future rate increases beyond the City’s normal approach.

    “As a direct result of the State Government's revaluations, some rates notices will be higher and some lower, and some the same as last year, despite the City collecting overall the same total rates revenue.

    “The collection of rates is the City’s main funding source, which means rates are critical in enabling the City to deliver essential services and projects that will sustain the community for many years to come. “We believe that Council has dealt with this difficult situation in a way that helps those in need while remaining financially responsible.”

    The City is currently advertising its Intention to Levy Differential Rates, with residents and ratepayers able to make submissions until 20 July 2020.

  • City of Belmont COVID-19 Financial Assistance Package

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    30 Jun 2020

    The City of Belmont unanimously voted on 28 April in support of a zero per cent increase in rate revenue for the 2020-2021 financial year and a raft of additional financial assistance measures aimed at alleviating some of the burden being faced by residents, business and clubs.

    In the Financial Assistance Package, the City's has committed to assist ratepayers by:

    • Waive Rates Penalty Interest for the balance of 2019-2020 to recognise immediate impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on ratepayers.
    • A 5% reduction to annual Rubbish Charges for 2020-2021.
    • A 5% discount is available to rate payers who pay by the due date.
    • Freezing the rates instalment fee, instalment interest, penalty interest and alternative arrangement fee at 2019-2020 values for 2020-2021.

    To read the full financial assistance measures available click here.

    The City wants to support our ratepayers who may be doing it tough due to the impact of COVID-19, and have also created a Financial Hardship Policy (COVID). Read more about the Policy here. Residential ratepayers who experience an increase and are suffering financial hardship can also apply for support up to $250 towards their increase. Find out if you are eligible. Applications will be available after notices are issued on the 24 August 2020.

  • Where your rates go at the City of Belmont

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    30 Jun 2020

    Your rates provide many vital services that help improve your neighbourhood and create a healthy, vibrant and connected society.

    These include the paths you walk or ride along every day, parks and gardens and recreational grounds, including the playgrounds and barbecue areas available for you and your families to use.

    Where your rates are being spent in 2020 - 2021

    • 11% Parks Infrastructure
    • 6% Library Services
    • 11% Recreation and Culture
    • 3% Financial Services
    • 6% Administration
    • 6% Building Infrastructure
    • 10% Rubbish and Sanitation
    • 19% Transport Infrastructure
    • 2% Environmental (Specific Projects)
    • 7% Planning and Regulatory
    • 4% Youth, Family and Aged Services
    • 5% Security and Emergency Services
    • 10% Governance
  • Information for Seniors

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    30 Jun 2020

    Pensioners and seniors who meet certain criteria and hold valid cards may be entitled to claim a rebate concession against the current rates and Emergency Services Levy; or a deferment of the current rates and Emergency Services Levy.

    • Effective from 1 July 2016 the State Government capped the Pensioner concessions available.
    • Effective from 1 July 2017 the State Government further capped the Senior concessions available.

    To qualify for a pensioner/senior rebate or deferment, you must be an owner and occupier of the property at 1 July of the year that you are applying in.

    Concessions available from registration date:

    • If you hold a Seniors card only, you are entitled to receive up to a 25% capped rebate on rates and Emergency Services Levy. Deferment is not available.
    • Seniors who also hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card are entitled to receive up to a 50% capped rebate on rates and the Emergency Services Levy and/or may be able to defer these two charges each year.
    • Pensioner Concession Card or State Concession Card holders are entitled to receive up to a 50% capped rebate on rates and the Emergency Services Levy or may be able to defer these two charges each year.

    If a pensioner defers their rates, they lose the ability to claim a rebate on those rates i.e. the total balance of the outstanding rates are deferred. No penalties are levied on deferred rates. All other charges including rubbish service charges and pool inspection fees are required to be paid in full by the due date on the rate notice issued each year.

    Those pensioners who are eligible to defer their rates and Emergency Services Levy are able to continue to do so whilst they reside in the property. However if circumstances change, the rates may be required to be paid in full. If you wish to find out more please contact our friendly rates team.


    Events that can affect your pensioner / senior concessions

    The Department of Finance has various methods of checking the accuracy of the City’s records to ensure that you are still eligible for concessions. If any of the details checked do not match, the claim may be rejected and concessions may be amended or cancelled.

    Therefore, some things that pensioners and seniors may need to consider and advise the City about are:

    • Have I changed from a Centrelink pension to a Veteran Affairs pension and not completed a new application?
    • Do I hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card as well as a Seniors Card and am I only registered at the City with my Seniors Card?
    • Has my partner also now received a card and we have not completed a joint application yet?
    • As I am now not working more than 25 hours per week and am over 60, have I applied for a Seniors Card yet?
    • Has the ownership of my property changed recently?
    • Have I moved from one property to another still within the City and not made a new application for concessions yet?

    If you work more than 25 hours per week, you are no longer eligible to have the Seniors Card and must return the card to Department of Community Services with a note advising them of your situation.

    Unfortunately if concessions are cancelled, pensioners/seniors do not get their rebates again until new applications are made.


  • Financial Support Services

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    30 Jun 2020

    The City understands that the COVID-19 pandemic may have placed pressure on your ability to meet financial commitments. In addition to the City's COVID-19 Financial Assistance package, the below organisations can offer financial relief and support to those eligible.

    Jacaranda Community Centre - 9477 4346

    Mission Australia - 9225 0400

    Uniting Care West - 9220 1255

    National Debt Helpline - 1800 007 007

    Services Australia - 132 850