Thank you for being part of our Engaging Mitchell Q&A and for your interest in Mitchell Shire Council.
There have been many figures circulating about rate rises.
General rates have increased but our kerbside collection charge and municipal charge have not which means the overall percentage increase will vary depending on the value of your property.
As an example, a residential property valued at $300,000 will pay an extra $1.94 a week or 6.15% extra. A $500,000 residential property will pay an extra $3.23 a week or 7.22% extra (not including the State Government's Fire Services Levy).
We are always working hard to keep rate increases as low as possible whilst still providing services, assets and programs across nearly 40 communities and restoring our financial sustainability.
It is difficult to compare Councils as each area is unique.
Hume is just over 500 square kilometres in size with nearly 200,000 people plus major industrial and commercial properties. Our municipality is nearly six times as large in area and we have less than 40,000 people.
The Municipal Association of Victoria publishes comparison data based on average rates per property and average rates per head of population.
Mitchell Shire Council's average rates and charges per property are $1958 compared to the state average of $1819. The highest in the state is $2610.
Mitchell Shire Council's average rates and charges per person are $885 compared to the state average of $867. The highest in the state is $2108.
If you are experiencing difficulty paying your rates, please contact our rates team to discuss your circumstances and what options may be available.
I would also encourage you to stay involved with Engaging Mitchell as we prepare our next budget and prepare for the introduction of rate capping.
Your input will help us to work with the community to identify efficiency savings, service levels and priorities for investment in community facilities and infrastructure.