Rates & Charges are an important source of revenue accounting for approximately 50% of the Council’s income each year to provide a range of services, projects and infrastructure to the community. Rate levels are set through a rigorous budget process of review and consultation each year, where Council seeks to balance the demand for services and infrastructure with the community’s capacity to pay.
The following Rates and Charges apply in accordance with Council resolution dated 27 June 2017. Rates are calculated on each property's Assessed Annual Value (AAV) which is the rental value determined by the Valuer General.
|GENERAL RATES||CENTS IN $AAV||CHARGE / MINIMUM|
|Quarries or Mining||8.18||$247|
|Residential Low Density||6.44||$457|
|Sport & Recreation||6.82||$247|
|140 litre mobile garbage bin||$108|
|240 litre mobile garbage bin||$159|
|Additional recycle service||$80|
|Rossarden/Storys Creek, Royal George, Kalangadoo & Lake Leake areas||$52|
|On-site disposal system||$621|
|Lake River (per km)||$Nil|
Council varies the General Rate pursuant to Section 107 of the Local Government Act 1993, by reason of use or zone of the land. The General Rate applies to each parcel of land separately valued under the Valuation of Land Act 2001, except for those exempt by statute.
The Fire Levy collected on behalf of the State Government in 2017-18 amounts to $553,452. The basis on which the fire service is varied, is the location of the land within the volunteer brigade district comprising of Cressy, Campbell Town, Longford, Perth & Evandale urban areas, and the general district, comprising of all other land. There is a minimum charge of $39 per property.
A fortnightly waste and recycling collection service is provided for residential and some rural properties. An additional waste collection will be provided during the Christmas / New Year period, which will result in collections for three consecutive weeks during this period. A collection calendar is available for your convenience. Property owners may request an additional service or change the size of a bin by completing a form available from the Customer Service Staff on 63977303.
An onsite disposal charge of $621 applies where Council provides management of on-site wastewater management systems installed on private properties.
There will be not be a rate levied per kilometre of river frontage for properties adjacent t the Lake River during 2017/2018
Payment may be made in one sum of the total Rates and Charges by 31 August 2017 or in three equal instalments.
A discount of 1% (on current rates and charges) will be given to ratepayers paying by the one sum payment method.
Rates may be paid in three equal instalments by:
31 August 2017
30 November 2017
29 February 2018
You may choose one of the following methods for payment of rates:
Simply present your account with your payment to the cashier at the Council Office at 13 Smith Street, Longford between 8:30 am and 4:45 pm (EFTPOS available)
Please call 1300 886 451 (Commonwealth Bank) or 1300 729 859 (Service Tasmania) and have your credit card ready.
Call your bank, credit union or building society to make this payment from your account. Please quote your biller code and customer reference.
BPAY View® sends your bills and statements straight to the same online bank you use to pay them, saving you from shuffling paper. To find out more download this pdf.
Click here to pay your rates through Service Tasmania's secure payment area.
Simply present your account with payment at Service Tasmania Shop, Town Hall, Campbell Town between 11 am and 4 pm.
Visit any Post Office, or go to postbillpay.com.au to make a payment. Credit card payments not accepted.
Complete the authority on the reverse side of your rates notice and return it to:
Northern Midlands Council
PO Box 156
Longford TAS 7301
If you wish to pay by mail, simply forward your cheque marked "not negotiable", or money order to:
Northern Midlands Council
PO Box 156
Longford TAS 7301
Pensioners as at 1 July 2017 are entitled to a State Government rebate on Rates of 30 percent up to $440, or a reduced maximum of $299 if you are also a TasWater customer. This applies only to pensioner's principal place of residence, provided they satisfy the requirements of the State Government.
A remission is available to a person holding a:
Council deducts previously eligible Pensioner Remissions from rates prior to issuing notices, but require new pensioners, pensioners who have recently relocated to our municipal area, or any pensioner who believes he/she should have been eligible for a Rate Remission, to complete the Concession Application for Rates Remission Form.
Ratepayers are encouraged to take advantage of a 1% discount which is allowed on rates and charges paid in full within thirty (30) days of issue (until 31 August 2017).
Should any instalment not be paid by the due date, Council may require payment of the full amount due.
Rates & Charges not paid before the due date will attract:
During times of severe financial hardship please phone our Customer Service Team on (03) 6397 7303 to discuss a payment arrangement.
It is important to keep your contact details up-to-date so you will recieve your rate statements in a timely manner.
You can change your postal address details for your Council rates notice with the lodgement of the Change of Address form. Alternatively, you can change your address details for Northern Midlands Council services by:
Marriage or Deed Poll
If you are a land owner and you change your name by marriage or deed poll, Council needs a copy of the official certificate to change the rates ownership record.
You can get a copy of the certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
If a company owns the property and changes the registered company name, Council will need a copy of the change of name certificate.
You can obtain a copy of this certificate from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
The current property owner is responsible for the rates debt.
When properties are brought or sold the rates need to be adjusted to reflect the new ownership.
Council alters its property ownership records after receiving official notification from the Land Titles Office.
Council cannot accept change of ownership details from the new owner.
The Valuer General will provide notice to you when your property values have changed under the Valuation of Land Act 2001.
Values provided are:
If you desire to object to the values of your property it should be made on a prescribed form from the Valuer General's Office and lodged within the period of 60 days after the date of the notice of the new values.
Click here to go to the Office of the Valuer-General's website.
When you purchase a property please check that rates for the current financial period have been paid in the property settlement. Rates liability is a charge upon the land and is automatically transferred to the new owner if not paid.
If you would like to have your rates notices emailed to you, rather than posted (or if you would like to cancel your emailed rates notices and go back to posted), please fill in the following form and we will update our records accordingly.