Rates notices on their way to mailboxes

Friday 23 July, 2021

A total of 28,676 Tamworth Regional Council rates notices 48 more than last year - will start to be delivered to local mailboxes this week.

The average increase for residential ratepayers in 2021-2022 is between $48 and $98 – between $1.20 and $1.88 a week.

Council’s total income from rates and charges for 2021-2022 is $78.257 million and is part of a budget with a total spend of $251 million.

“It is our biggest ever budget with a total spend of $251 million due largely to the $106.4 million capital works program to improve local facilities and infrastructure,” said Tamworth Region Mayor Col Murray.

“We are particularly pleased to have a small cash surplus of almost $150,000 - the decisions made by the Council in recent years to build our financial resilience has allowed us to navigate the challenging economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic better than many other councils."

The rates rise for 2021-2022 was applied after Council adopted the 2 per cent rate cap increase to the General Rate income as set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for all NSW councils.

Council will increase water, sewerage and trade waste service by 2.0 per cent and waste management charges by 10.0 per cent.  Consumption charges for water use will also increase by 2.0 per cent. Residential and business ratepayers will pay $18 more for sewer availability, $6 more for water availability for the year and up to $32 more for waste collection for the year.

The average Tamworth residential ratepayer will receive a total annual rates bill (including water, sewer and waste services) of $2,825. This is about $98 more than last years total rates bill for the average Tamworth residential ratepayer.

In Barraba, the average residential ratepayer will receive a total annual rates bill of $2,108, which is about $72 more than last year.

The annual total rates bill for a Manilla resident will be an average of $2,100, which is about $69 more than last year.

Residents of Kootingal and Moonbi will, on average, receive a total annual rates bill of $2,016, which is about $68 more than last year.

The total annual rates bill for the average Village residential ratepayer will be $2,077 which is about $70 more than last years total rates bill.

Tamworth residential ratepayers will provide a total of $22.575 million in General Rate income with Barraba accounting for a total of $377,989, Manilla $582,196, Kootingal $437,764 and the other villages in the region $233,751.

Business rates will return $6.596 million in income from 1,723 businesses and 3,014 rural properties will return farmland rates of $6.168 million.

Anyone who needs help to understand their rates notice can call Council on 1300 733625.

Rates can be paid in full or by instalment. The first rate instalment is due for payment on August 31.

A range of payment options are explained on the back of rates notices. Payments can be made by direct debit, using BPay, by phone or in person at any of Council’s Customer Service Centres at Barraba, Manilla, Nundle and Tamworth or at Australia Post.

Any ratepayer having difficulty paying should call Council on 1300 733 625 and ask to discuss entering a special arrangement to pay their rates. Council has a Ratepayers Hardship Policy which can be accessed confidentially by anyone experiencing financial hardship.

Rates facts and figures

 There are 24,325 notices mailed to Tamworth region postcodes. There are 4,351 notices mailed to postcodes outside the Tamworth region – to more than 817 different postcodes, including overseas.

 A total of 4,567 properties in the Tamworth Region Council area will receive pensioner rebates worth a total of $1,784,221.82 – down $22,012.22 from last year and 57 notices less than last year.

 The largest rates bill this year is $118,053.65 for a Tamworth business property. The smallest notice issued is $173.32 for a residential block at Kootingal.

 The average Tamworth residential property rates bill total (including services) is $2,825, up $98 from last year. The average Barraba residential notice (including services) is $2,108, in Manilla $2,100, in Moonbi or Kootingal $2,016 and in the villages $2,077.

 The average Tamworth business property rates bill total (including services) is $5,913. The average business rate notice in Barraba is $2,558, in Manilla $3,013, in Moonbi or Kootingal $2,389 and in the villages $2,101.

 A total of 3,014 farmland rate notices are issued and the average notice is $2,164.

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