Attachments To Agenda Items

 

 

 

FOR THE

 

Special Meeting of Council

 

16 June, 2015


SHIRE OF BROOME

Special Meeting of Council

16 June 2015

 Attachments To Agenda Items

 

           

6.2.1      FREDERICK ST /DAMPIER TCE CONNECTION AND LOOKOUT

Attachment 1      Concept Cover Page                                                                 2

Attachment 2      Concept Site Plan                                                                        3

Attachment 3      Concept Floor Plan                                                                      4

Attachment 4      Concept Design Elements                                                          5

Attachment 5      Concept Infrastructure Elements                                              6

Attachment 6      Staging of Works Diagram                                                          7

6.3.1      NOTICE OF INTENTION TO IMPOSE 2015/2016 DIFFERENTIAL RATES

Attachment 1      Advice from Department of Local Government and Communities                                                                                                        8

Attachment 2      Background Information - Establishment of UV Rural Category     10

Attachment 3      Comparative Property Analysis                                              13

Attachment 4      Option 1 - Objects and Reasons                                             15

Attachment 5      Option 1 - Rate Model                                                               18

Attachment 6      Option 2 - Objects and Reasons                                             20

Attachment 7      Option 2 - Rates Model                                                             23

Attachment 8      Option 3 - Objects and Reasons                                             25

Attachment 9      Option 3 - Rate Model                                                               28                     


Item 6.2.1 - FREDERICK ST /DAMPIER TCE CONNECTION AND LOOKOUT

Concept Cover Page

 

 


Item 6.2.1 - FREDERICK ST /DAMPIER TCE CONNECTION AND LOOKOUT

Concept Site Plan

 

 


Item 6.2.1 - FREDERICK ST /DAMPIER TCE CONNECTION AND LOOKOUT

Concept Floor Plan

 

 


Item 6.2.1 - FREDERICK ST /DAMPIER TCE CONNECTION AND LOOKOUT

Concept Design Elements

 

 


Item 6.2.1 - FREDERICK ST /DAMPIER TCE CONNECTION AND LOOKOUT

Concept Infrastructure Elements

 

 


Item 6.2.1 - FREDERICK ST /DAMPIER TCE CONNECTION AND LOOKOUT

Staging of Works Diagram

 

 

 


Item 6.3.1 - NOTICE OF INTENTION TO IMPOSE 2015/2016 DIFFERENTIAL RATES

Advice from Department of Local Government and Communities

 

 

Extract/Summary of Email Advice received from the Department of Local Government and Communities (11 April 2013 and 13 March 2013)

 

11 April 2013

Subject: RE: Differential Rating

 

Thank you for providing the objects and reasons background to the UV based differential general rates imposed in 2012/13.  The information provided indicates that the Shire has imposed unlawful UV based rates in 2012/13 and these can be challenged in SAT under s 6.82 of the Act.

 

As you would be aware, differential general rates can only be imposed on the basis of:

·         Land zoning

·         Land use

·         Whether the land is vacant or not or

·         A combination of the 3 criteria above

 

The Dampier Coconut Wells and Dampier Twelve Mile categories appear to both have a ‘rural living’ zone.  If there is no ‘use’ distinction between these then they have to be rated on the same general rate and all properties in the Shire with a ‘rural living’ zone have to be on the same rate.

 

The Dampier Skulthorpe rates may be OK as it has a ‘rural agriculture’ zoning.  However, if there are other properties in the Shire with a ‘rural agriculture’ zone, then they all have to be rated on the same general rate unless they can be further distinguished by ‘use’ or ‘vacant land’ status.  You can’t differentiate between ‘rural agriculture’ in Shulthorpe and ‘rural agriculture’ in Twelve Mile (for example).

 

If the Council wishes to make some differentiation among these 3 categories, it should impose the same UV general rate and then use s 6.47 of the Act to grant concessions so that the rates ‘objectives’ are met through the concessions rather than an ‘unlawful’ rate differentiation.

 

Happy to clarify any aspect of this further.  However, if the Shire imposes rates on a similar basis in 2013/14 it is likely that these will be referred to SAT under s 6.82 to quash the rates.

 

Regards

 

 

 

 


 

13 March 2013

Subject: RE: Differential Rating

 

 

 

...As you would be aware, s 6.33(1) of the Act allows differential general rates to be based on:

·         The zoning of land

·         The purpose for which the land is held or used

·         Whether the land is vacant or not

·         Any characteristics prescribed [the only characteristics prescribed in r 52A will not apply], or

·         A combination of these

 

Broome has several UV differential rates with descriptions that do not enable us to determine whether they are based on any of the above characteristics, or on some other basis that might not be permitted.  These are:

 

·         Dampier Coconut Wells

·         Dampier Twelve Mile

·         Dampier Commercial Operations & Pearling Leases

·         Dampier Horticulture & Wattle Downs

·         Dampier Skuthorpe

 

What is the basis of the differentiation between these?

What is different about Coconut Wells, Twelve Mile and Skuthorpe? Is it their zoning? Do they have a different use and if so what is that different use?

 

I look forward to you advice regarding these.

 

  

 

 

 


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Background Information - Establishment of UV Rural Category

 

 

Background Introduction of Formal Concessions

Section 6.33 of the Local Government Act 1995 prescribes the basis of imposing differential general rates which allows local governments to apply differential general rates based on land use, zoning, vacant land or a combination of all of these characteristics.

 

In preparation for the adoption of the 2013/2014 annual budget, correspondence from the Department of Local Government and Communities (Department) identified an anomaly in the Shire of Broome’s basis to imposing differential general rates for the Unimproved Value Rural rating categories. This anomaly was in regards to the rates in the dollar that had historically been applied to certain properties, dependant on their locality.  As a result, officers conducted a review and made amendments to the rating categories to ensure compliance with the Department’s advice. To alleviate the financial impact on those persons affected, Council sought in 2013, to introduce a level of concession (under Section 6.47 of the Local Government Act 1995) and have since indicated an intention to gradually bring the rate in the dollar back to the base UV-Rural rate.

 

The following changes occurred as part of the 2013/14 Budget process to Unimproved Value (UV) rating categories from 2012/13, resulting in two new categories being established through the combining of a number of former categories:

 

13/14 Categories

12/13 Categories

12/13 Rate in the Dollar

UV - Rural

UV-Dampier Coconut Well

0.2523

UV-Dampier Twelve Mile

0.3547

UV-Horticulture/Wattle Downs

0.4308

UV-Skuthorpe

0.4866

 

UV – Commercial Rural

UV-Dampier Short Stay Accommodation

2.1976

UV-Dampier Commercial Operations & Pearling

2.2443

UV-Dampier Pastoral

2.5130

 

It is noted that UV – Mining was proposed to remain but, without reference to Dampier.

 

Concessions were established across certain properties within the new UV-Rural Rating Category to ensure minimal changes in the rates in the dollar from the previous year.  Concessions included:

 

·    Coconut Well           48%

·    12 Mile                       27%

·    Horticultural Land Use      11%

 

Section 6.47 of the Local Government Act 1995 enables Council to grant a concession on rates.  There is no prescribed limit on the amount of a concession, however based on the rating principles of fairness and equity, there should be sound justification to provide concessions to some ratepayers and not others.  Research indicates that there is no substantiated justification to provide ratepayers in 12 Mile, Coconut Well or properties with a Horticulture land use, a varied rate in the dollar compared to each other or other ratepayers within the UV-Rural Rating Category.  The concept of using differential rating to offset valuation impacts does not fulfil the principle of ‘consistency’ where all properties being used for a similar purpose or within the same zone, must be rated in the same way.  If for example, a uniform rating approach was applied, rather than differential rating, the valuation in itself would provide the fundamental differential, which would directly impact the amount of rates to be paid.

 

As requested through a Council Workshop and to provide some relativity, the following table shows a comparison of rates levied in 2014/2015 across different properties throughout the town site to properties in Coconut Well and 12 Mile:

 

TOWNSITE PROPERTIES - GRV - SINGLE HOUSES

Description

Suburb

GRV

Valuation

2014/15 rates

Comment

GRV - RESIDENTIAL

BROOME

56,680

$4,845.57

Double storey dwelling with pool

GRV - RESIDENTIAL

BROOME

49,920

$4,267.66

Double storey dwelling with pool

GRV - RESIDENTIAL

BROOME

50,440

$4,312.12

Double storey dwelling with pool with additional alterations

GRV - RESIDENTIAL

CABLE BEACH

45,760

$3,912.02

Double storey dwelling with pool

GRV - RESIDENTIAL

BROOME

44,720

$3,823.11

Double storey dwelling with pool

GRV - RESIDENTIAL

BROOME

43,160

$3,689.75

Double storey dwelling with pool

GRV - RESIDENTIAL

DJUGUN

29,120

$2,489.47

Average GRV - Roebuck Estate

GRV - RESIDENTIAL

CABLE BEACH

28,600

$2,445.01

Average GRV - Six Seasons

GRV - RESIDENTIAL

BROOME

21,840

$1,867.10

Average GRV - Old Broome

GRV - RESIDENTIAL

CABLE BEACH

33,280

$2,845.11

Average GRV - Sunset Park

GRV - RESIDENTIAL

CABLE BEACH

36,400

$3,111.84

Average GRV - Lullfitz Dr / Sands St

RURAL LIVING - UV - SINGLE HOUSES

Description

Suburb

UV

Valuation

2014/15 Rates

Concession

Nett Rates

Comment

UV - RURAL-48% CONCESSION

WATERBANK

864,000

$4,708.80

$2,260.22

$2,448.58

Average UV-Rural value with dwelling and pool

UV - RURAL-48% CONCESSION

WATERBANK

1,157,000

$6,305.65

$3,026.71

$3,278.94

Average UV-Rural value with dwelling and pool

UV - RURAL-48% CONCESSION

WATERBANK

1,063,050

$5,793.62

$2,780.94

$3,012.68

Average UV-Rural value with dwelling and pool

UV - RURAL-27% CONCESSION

ROEBUCK

368,000

$2,005.60

$541.51

$1,464.09

Average UV-Rural value with dwelling

UV - RURAL-27% CONCESSION

ROEBUCK

432,000

$2,354.40

$635.69

$1,718.71

Average UV-Rural value with dwelling and pool

UV - RURAL-27% CONCESSION

ROEBUCK

679,000

$3,700.55

$999.15

$2,701.40

Dwelling on larger lot

 

The table includes sample properties taken from the categories under review, providing the rates before and after the concession, against the rates levied on other similar properties with single residences within the town site. It should be noted that this information is general in nature and that there are fundamental points of difference between properties under UV and GRV valuation methodologies.

 

Properties located in Coconut Well generally have on average, ‘pre-concession’ rates ‘comparable’ to similarly developed residential properties located in the town site.  This being said, it must be recognised however, that properties with a higher UV value are properties with larger lot sizes which results in higher rates payable. Properties located in 12 Mile are on average levied ‘pre-concession’ rates that are ‘lower’ than those of median properties in town. This information indicates that with the concessions remaining in place as per the 2014/2015 financial year, these properties have historically been paying less rates than similar properties in town.

 

As stated above, Section 6.33(1) of the Local Government Act 1995, a Local Government may impose differential general rates according to the purpose for which the land is zoned under a local planning scheme, a purpose for which the land is being used or a combination of the two. The possibility of rating 12 Mile and Coconut Well properties by zone was explored. As 12 Mile and Coconut Well localities share the same planning zone which is “Rural Residential”, this would mean that properties would still be in the same rating group. There are also other additional properties besides Coconut Well and 12 Mile which fall within this zoning that would be impacted by such an option.  This included properties on Wattle Drive and Billingurr (Cable Beach North).  This was not deemed appropriate as some of these properties within the Zone are GRV rated as opposed to UV.

 


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Comparative Property Analysis

 

 

Note: Information has been sourced from REIWA website which is publically available.

 

Williams Road, Waterbank (COCONUT WELL) – 8 Bedroom, 5 Bathrooms

UV: $1,227,000

RATES LEVIED 14/15: $6,687 

NET RATES WITH CONCESSION: $3477.32

SELLING: OFFERS FROM $3,600,000

LAND AREA: 4.48ha

CURRENTLY LEASED FOR $1700 P/week (excluding the caretakers residence)

Gallery Image 5Gallery Image 2INDICATIVE RATES WITH GRV ESTIMATE: 1700 x 52 = $88,400 x 0.08549 = $7557.32

Gallery Image 1

Lawrence Road, Waterbank (COCONUT WELL) – 4 Bedroom, 4 Bathrooms

UV: $1,097,000

RATES LEVIED 14/15: $5,978.65

NET RATES WITH CONCESSION: $3108.90

SELLING: OFFERS FROM $3,000,000

LAND AREA: 3.3ha

Local Real Estate Agent estimates this property could reach $1200p/w

INDICATIVE RATES WITH GRV ESTIMATE: 1200 x 52 = $62,400 x 0.08549 = $5334.57

Gallery Image 16Gallery Image 22Gallery Image 2

 

 

 

 

 

Fong Street, Roebuck (TWELVE MILE) – 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms

UV: $363,000

RATES LEVIED 14/15: $1,978.35

NET RATES WITH CONCESSION: $1444.20

SELLING: OFFERS FROM $850,000

LAND AREA: 1.9ha

Local Real Estate Agent estimates rental of $700 p/week

INDICATIVE RATES WITH GRV ESTIMATE: $700 x 52 = $36,400 x 0.08549 = $3111.85

153 Fong Street, Roebuck, WA 6725153 Fong Street, Roebuck, WA 6725153 Fong Street, Roebuck, WA 6725

 

Yamashita Street, Roebuck (TWELVE MILE) – 3 Bedroom, 1 Bathrooms

UV: $371,000

RATES LEVIED 14/15: $2,021.95

NET RATES WITH CONCESSION: $1476.02

SELLING: $780,000

LAND AREA: 2.00ha

Local Real Estate Agent estimates rental of $750 p/week

RATES WITH GRV ESTIMATE: $750 x 52 = $39,000 x 0.08549 = $3334.11

95 Yamashita Street, Roebuck, WA 672595 Yamashita Street, Roebuck, WA 672595 Yamashita Street, Roebuck, WA 6725__________________________________________________________________________________

Demco Drive, Broome – 3 Bedroom, 1 Bathrooms

GRV: $38,480

RATES LEVIED 14/15: $3,289.70

SELLING: $950,000

33 Demco Drive, Broome, WA 672533 Demco Drive, Broome, WA 6725LAND AREA: 700m2

33 Demco Drive, Broome, WA 6725Kapang Drive, Cable Beach – 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms

GRV: $36,400

RATES LEVIED 14/15: $3,111.84

SELLING: $1,095,000

54 Kapang Drive, Cable Beach, WA 672654 Kapang Drive, Cable Beach, WA 672654 Kapang Drive, Cable Beach, WA 6726LAND AREA: 774m2


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Option 1 - Objects and Reasons

 

 

                                                                                                    

 

Objectives and Reasons for Proposed Differential Rates and Minimum Payments for the 2015/16 Financial Year

In accordance with Section 6.36 of the Local Government Act 1995, the Shire of Broome is required to publish its Objects and Reasons for implementing Differential Rates.

 

Overall Objective

 

The purpose of the levying of rates is to meet Council’s budget requirements in each financial year in order to deliver services and community infrastructure. Property valuations provided by the Valuer General are used as the basis for the calculation of rates each year. Section 6.33 of the Local Government Act 1995 provides the ability to differentially rate properties based on zoning and/or land use as determined by the Shire of Broome. The application of differential rating maintains equity in the rating of properties across the Shire, enabling the Council to provide facilities, infrastructure and services to the entire community and visitors.

 

Below is a summary of the proposed minimum payments and rates in the dollar for 2015/16

 

Differential Rate Category

Minimum Payment

Proposed

Rate in the $ (Cents)

Proposed

GRV – Residential

$1224

9.399

GRV – Residential Vacant

$1224

15.22

GRV – Commercial

$1224

10.38

GRV – Tourism

$1224

14.715

UV – Rural

$1224

0.5836

UV – Mining

$1224

12.225

UV – Commercial Rural

$1224

2.9656

 

 Gross Rental Value (GRV)

 

The Local Government Act 1995 determines that properties of a Non-Rural purpose be rated using the Gross Rental Valuation (GRV) as the basis for the calculation of annual rates. The Valuer General determines the GRV for all properties within the Shire of Broome every three years and assigns a GRV. The current valuation is effective from 1July 2015. Interim valuations are provided monthly to Council by the Valuer General for properties where changes have occurred (i.e. subdivisions or strata title of property, amalgamations, building constructions, demolition, additions and/or property rezoning). In such instances Council recalculates the rates for the affected properties and issues interim rates notices.

 

 GRV – Residential (The Base Rate for Gross Rental Value)

 

This rating category consists of properties located within the townsite boundaries which have a predominantly residential use. The object of the rate for this category is to be the base rate by which all other GRV rated properties are assessed. The reason is that the other GRV rating categories have a higher demand on Shire resources and vacant land is encouraged to be developed.

 

GRV – Residential Vacant

 

This rating category consists of vacant properties located within the townsite boundaries, excepting land zoned as Tourist, Commercial or Industrial. The object of the rate for this category is to encourage land owners to develop residential vacant land and to reflect the different method used for the valuation of vacant residential land as compared to the GRV-Residential rate category. The reason is that excessive vacant land leaves subdivisions appearing barren and unsightly, to the detriment of the aesthetics of the area. The rate in the dollar for this category is 62% higher than the GRV –Residential base rate.

 

GRV – Commercial

 

This rating category consists of properties used for Commercial, Town Centre or Industrial purposes and non residential vacant land, excluding properties with a tourism use. The object of the rate for this category is to raise additional revenue to fund the costs associated with the higher level of service provided to properties in this category. The reason is that the Shire incurs higher costs to service these areas including car park infrastructure, landscaping and other amenities. In addition, extra costs are also associated with tourism and economic development activities that have a benefit to these ratepayers. The rate in the dollar for this category is 10% higher than the GRV –Residential base rate.

 

GRV – Tourism

 

This rating category consists of properties with a tourism use within the townsite. The object of the rate for this category is to raise additional revenue to fund the costs associated with the higher reliance on Shire resources and the higher level of service provided to properties in this category. The reason this category is rated higher than the base rate for GRV is to fund costs associated with the heavier use of infrastructure and other Council assets and services in addition to contribution toward tourism promotion activities. The rate in the dollar for this category is 56% higher than the GRV –Residential base rate.

 

Unimproved Value (UV)

 

Properties that are predominantly of a rural purpose are assigned an Unimproved Value that is supplied and updated by the Valuer General on an annual basis. The rate in the dollar set for the UV-Rural category forms the basis for calculating all other UV differential rates.

 

UV - Rural (The Base Rate for Unimproved Value)

 

This rating category consists of properties that are exclusively for rural use. The object of the rate for this category is to be the base rate by which all other UV rated properties are assessed. The reason is that the other UV rating categories have a higher demand on Shire resources.

 

UV - Commercial Rural

 

This rating category consists of properties that are outside of the townsite that have a commercial use inclusive of:

 

Pearling Leases;

Pastoral leases or Pastoral use;

Caravan Parks; and

Short Stay Accommodation

 

The object of the rate for this category is to raise additional revenue to fund the additional cost impacts attributed to the servicing of these properties. The reason is that the Shire incurs higher costs in infrastructure maintenance as a result of extra vehicle movements on the shire’s road network due to the activities associated with these properties.

 

UV – Mining

 

This rating category consists of properties that are used for mining, exploration or prospecting purposes. The object of the rate for this category is to raise additional revenue to fund the additional cost impacts to the Shire. The reason this category is rated higher than UV-Commercial is to reflect the higher road infrastructure maintenance costs to Council as a result of frequent heavy vehicle use over extensive lengths of shire roads throughout the year.

 

Minimum Payments

 

The proposed minimum payment of $1,224 has been applied to all rating categories.

 

The object and reason for this minimum payment is to ensure that all property owners in the Shire of Broome are levied a unified and equitable minimum amount. It is also recognition that every property receives some minimum level of benefit of the works and services provided by the Shire.

 

Submissions

 

Submissions are invited from any Elector or Ratepayer with respect to the proposed differential general rates and minimum payments within 21 days of the date of the notice of intent. All submissions in writing must be clearly marked Submission regarding Differential Rating and forwarded to:

 

Chief Executive Officer

Shire of Broome

PO Box 44

Broome WA 6725

 

All Submissions must be received by the Shire of Broome no later than close of business on ___________.

 

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

 

 

 

K R Donohoe

Chief Executive Officer


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Option 1 - Rate Model

 

 


 


Item 6.3.1 - NOTICE OF INTENTION TO IMPOSE 2015/2016 DIFFERENTIAL RATES

Option 2 - Objects and Reasons

 

 

                                                                                                    

 

Objectives and Reasons for Proposed Differential Rates and Minimum Payments for the 2015/16 Financial Year

In accordance with Section 6.36 of the Local Government Act 1995, the Shire of Broome is required to publish its Objects and Reasons for implementing Differential Rates.

 

Overall Objective

 

The purpose of the levying of rates is to meet Council’s budget requirements in each financial year in order to deliver services and community infrastructure. Property valuations provided by the Valuer General are used as the basis for the calculation of rates each year. Section 6.33 of the Local Government Act 1995 provides the ability to differentially rate properties based on zoning and/or land use as determined by the Shire of Broome. The application of differential rating maintains equity in the rating of properties across the Shire, enabling the Council to provide facilities, infrastructure and services to the entire community and visitors.

 

Below is a summary of the proposed minimum payments and rates in the dollar for 2015/16

 

Differential Rate Category

Minimum Payment

Proposed

Rate in the $ (Cents)

Proposed

GRV – Residential

$1224

9.399

GRV – Residential Vacant

$1224

15.22

GRV – Commercial

$1224

10.38

GRV – Tourism

$1224

14.715

UV – Rural

$1224

0.5836

UV – Mining

$1224

12.225

UV – Commercial Rural

$1224

2.9656

 

 Gross Rental Value (GRV)

 

The Local Government Act 1995 determines that properties of a Non-Rural purpose be rated using the Gross Rental Valuation (GRV) as the basis for the calculation of annual rates. The Valuer General determines the GRV for all properties within the Shire of Broome every three years and assigns a GRV. The current valuation is effective from 1July 2015. Interim valuations are provided monthly to Council by the Valuer General for properties where changes have occurred (i.e. subdivisions or strata title of property, amalgamations, building constructions, demolition, additions and/or property rezoning). In such instances Council recalculates the rates for the affected properties and issues interim rates notices.

 

 GRV – Residential (The Base Rate for Gross Rental Value)

 

This rating category consists of properties located within the townsite boundaries which have a predominantly residential use. The object of the rate for this category is to be the base rate by which all other GRV rated properties are assessed. The reason is that the other GRV rating categories have a higher demand on Shire resources and vacant land is encouraged to be developed.

 

GRV – Residential Vacant

 

This rating category consists of vacant properties located within the townsite boundaries, excepting land zoned as Tourist, Commercial or Industrial. The object of the rate for this category is to encourage land owners to develop residential vacant land and to reflect the different method used for the valuation of vacant residential land as compared to the GRV-Residential rate category. The reason is that excessive vacant land leaves subdivisions appearing barren and unsightly, to the detriment of the aesthetics of the area. The rate in the dollar for this category is 62% higher than the GRV –Residential base rate.

 

GRV – Commercial

 

This rating category consists of properties used for Commercial, Town Centre or Industrial purposes and non residential vacant land, excluding properties with a tourism use. The object of the rate for this category is to raise additional revenue to fund the costs associated with the higher level of service provided to properties in this category. The reason is that the Shire incurs higher costs to service these areas including car park infrastructure, landscaping and other amenities. In addition, extra costs are also associated with tourism and economic development activities that have a benefit to these ratepayers. The rate in the dollar for this category is 10% higher than the GRV –Residential base rate.

 

GRV – Tourism

 

This rating category consists of properties with a tourism use within the townsite. The object of the rate for this category is to raise additional revenue to fund the costs associated with the higher reliance on Shire resources and the higher level of service provided to properties in this category. The reason this category is rated higher than the base rate for GRV is to fund costs associated with the heavier use of infrastructure and other Council assets and services in addition to contribution toward tourism promotion activities. The rate in the dollar for this category is 56% higher than the GRV –Residential base rate.

 

Unimproved Value (UV)

 

Properties that are predominantly of a rural purpose are assigned an Unimproved Value that is supplied and updated by the Valuer General on an annual basis. The rate in the dollar set for the UV-Rural category forms the basis for calculating all other UV differential rates.

 

UV - Rural (The Base Rate for Unimproved Value)

 

This rating category consists of properties that are exclusively for rural use. The object of the rate for this category is to be the base rate by which all other UV rated properties are assessed. The reason is that the other UV rating categories have a higher demand on Shire resources.

 

UV - Commercial Rural

 

This rating category consists of properties that are outside of the townsite that have a commercial use inclusive of:

 

Pearling Leases;

Pastoral leases or Pastoral use;

Caravan Parks; and

Short Stay Accommodation

 

The object of the rate for this category is to raise additional revenue to fund the additional cost impacts attributed to the servicing of these properties. The reason is that the Shire incurs higher costs in infrastructure maintenance as a result of extra vehicle movements on the shire’s road network due to the activities associated with these properties.

 

UV – Mining

 

This rating category consists of properties that are used for mining, exploration or prospecting purposes. The object of the rate for this category is to raise additional revenue to fund the additional cost impacts to the Shire. The reason this category is rated higher than UV-Commercial is to reflect the higher road infrastructure maintenance costs to Council as a result of frequent heavy vehicle use over extensive lengths of shire roads throughout the year.

 

Minimum Payments

 

The proposed minimum payment of $1,224 has been applied to all rating categories.

 

The object and reason for this minimum payment is to ensure that all property owners in the Shire of Broome are levied a unified and equitable minimum amount. It is also recognition that every property receives some minimum level of benefit of the works and services provided by the Shire.

 

Submissions

 

Submissions are invited from any Elector or Ratepayer with respect to the proposed differential general rates and minimum payments within 21 days of the date of the notice of intent. All submissions in writing must be clearly marked Submission regarding Differential Rating and forwarded to:

 

Chief Executive Officer

Shire of Broome

PO Box 44

Broome WA 6725

 

All Submissions must be received by the Shire of Broome no later than close of business on ___________.

 

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

 

 

 

K R Donohoe

Chief Executive Officer


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Option 2 - Rates Model

 

 


 


Item 6.3.1 - NOTICE OF INTENTION TO IMPOSE 2015/2016 DIFFERENTIAL RATES

Option 3 - Objects and Reasons

 

 

                                                                                                    

 

Objectives and Reasons for Proposed Differential Rates and Minimum Payments for the 2015/16 Financial Year

In accordance with Section 6.36 of the Local Government Act 1995, the Shire of Broome is required to publish its Objects and Reasons for implementing Differential Rates.

 

Overall Objective

 

The purpose of the levying of rates is to meet Council’s budget requirements in each financial year in order to deliver services and community infrastructure. Property valuations provided by the Valuer General are used as the basis for the calculation of rates each year. Section 6.33 of the Local Government Act 1995 provides the ability to differentially rate properties based on zoning and/or land use as determined by the Shire of Broome. The application of differential rating maintains equity in the rating of properties across the Shire, enabling the Council to provide facilities, infrastructure and services to the entire community and visitors.

 

Below is a summary of the proposed minimum payments and rates in the dollar for 2015/16

 

Differential Rate Category

Minimum Payment

Proposed

Rate in the $ (Cents)

Proposed

GRV – Residential

$1224

9.3359

GRV – Residential Vacant

$1224

15.22

GRV – Commercial

$1224

10.3103

GRV – Tourism

$1224

14.715

UV – Rural

$1224

0.5797

UV – Mining

$1224

12.1429

UV – Commercial Rural

$1224

2.9457

 

 Gross Rental Value (GRV)

 

The Local Government Act 1995 determines that properties of a Non-Rural purpose be rated using the Gross Rental Valuation (GRV) as the basis for the calculation of annual rates. The Valuer General determines the GRV for all properties within the Shire of Broome every three years and assigns a GRV. The current valuation is effective from 1July 2015. Interim valuations are provided monthly to Council by the Valuer General for properties where changes have occurred (i.e. subdivisions or strata title of property, amalgamations, building constructions, demolition, additions and/or property rezoning). In such instances Council recalculates the rates for the affected properties and issues interim rates notices.

 

 GRV – Residential (The Base Rate for Gross Rental Value)

 

This rating category consists of properties located within the townsite boundaries which have a predominantly residential use. The object of the rate for this category is to be the base rate by which all other GRV rated properties are assessed. The reason is that the other GRV rating categories have a higher demand on Shire resources and vacant land is encouraged to be developed.

 

GRV – Residential Vacant

 

This rating category consists of vacant properties located within the townsite boundaries, excepting land zoned as Tourist, Commercial or Industrial. The object of the rate for this category is to encourage land owners to develop residential vacant land and to reflect the different method used for the valuation of vacant residential land as compared to the GRV-Residential rate category. The reason is that excessive vacant land leaves subdivisions appearing barren and unsightly, to the detriment of the aesthetics of the area. The rate in the dollar for this category is 63% higher than the GRV –Residential base rate.

 

GRV – Commercial

 

This rating category consists of properties used for Commercial, Town Centre or Industrial purposes and non residential vacant land, excluding properties with a tourism use. The object of the rate for this category is to raise additional revenue to fund the costs associated with the higher level of service provided to properties in this category. The reason is that the Shire incurs higher costs to service these areas including car park infrastructure, landscaping and other amenities. In addition, extra costs are also associated with tourism and economic development activities that have a benefit to these ratepayers. The rate in the dollar for this category is 10% higher than the GRV –Residential base rate.

 

GRV – Tourism

 

This rating category consists of properties with a tourism use within the townsite. The object of the rate for this category is to raise additional revenue to fund the costs associated with the higher reliance on Shire resources and the higher level of service provided to properties in this category. The reason this category is rated higher than the base rate for GRV is to fund costs associated with the heavier use of infrastructure and other Council assets and services in addition to contribution toward tourism promotion activities. The rate in the dollar for this category is 58% higher than the GRV –Residential base rate.

 

Unimproved Value (UV)

 

Properties that are predominantly of a rural purpose are assigned an Unimproved Value that is supplied and updated by the Valuer General on an annual basis. The rate in the dollar set for the UV-Rural category forms the basis for calculating all other UV differential rates.

 

UV - Rural (The Base Rate for Unimproved Value)

 

This rating category consists of properties that are exclusively for rural use. The object of the rate for this category is to be the base rate by which all other UV rated properties are assessed. The reason is that the other UV rating categories have a higher demand on Shire resources.

 

UV - Commercial Rural

 

This rating category consists of properties that are outside of the townsite that have a commercial use inclusive of:

 

Pearling Leases;

Pastoral leases or Pastoral use;

Caravan Parks; and

Short Stay Accommodation

 

The object of the rate for this category is to raise additional revenue to fund the additional cost impacts attributed to the servicing of these properties. The reason is that the Shire incurs higher costs in infrastructure maintenance as a result of extra vehicle movements on the shire’s road network due to the activities associated with these properties.

 

UV – Mining

 

This rating category consists of properties that are used for mining, exploration or prospecting purposes. The object of the rate for this category is to raise additional revenue to fund the additional cost impacts to the Shire. The reason this category is rated higher than UV-Commercial is to reflect the higher road infrastructure maintenance costs to Council as a result of frequent heavy vehicle use over extensive lengths of shire roads throughout the year.

 

Minimum Payments

 

The proposed minimum payment of $1,224 has been applied to all rating categories.

 

The object and reason for this minimum payment is to ensure that all property owners in the Shire of Broome are levied a unified and equitable minimum amount. It is also recognition that every property receives some minimum level of benefit of the works and services provided by the Shire.

 

Submissions

 

Submissions are invited from any Elector or Ratepayer with respect to the proposed differential general rates and minimum payments within 21 days of the date of the notice of intent. All submissions in writing must be clearly marked Submission regarding Differential Rating and forwarded to:

 

Chief Executive Officer

Shire of Broome

PO Box 44

Broome WA 6725

 

All Submissions must be received by the Shire of Broome no later than close of business on ___________.

 

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

 

 

 

K R Donohoe

Chief Executive Officer


Item 6.3.1 - NOTICE OF INTENTION TO IMPOSE 2015/2016 DIFFERENTIAL RATES

Option 3 - Rate Model