This new levy is not a Council charge. Council is being directed by the NSW Government to add this new levy to your annual rates notice.
Council will send every dollar collected from this new levy to the NSW Government to fund emergency services in NSW.
Merged councils are subject to a “rate path freeze” for 2016-17 and we understand the NSW Government want to extend the “rate path freeze” for a further 3 years.
However the “rate path freeze” only applies to Council (land) rates and does not mean rates and charges cannot increase at all over this time – it simply means Council is required over this time to maintain the same rate structures, and that rate calculation methods must be kept the same as they were before the merger.
Normal increases under rate pegging or previously approved Special Rate Variations - such as that in place for the former Wyong Shire Council (ending 30 June 2017) still apply.
Variations to individual property rates caused by changes to land values can also occur – as occurred with the revaluation that applied to the rates for all properties in the former Gosford City Council area in the 2016-17 rating year.
Additionally, we understand that all Councils in NSW will be subject to a revaluation of all properties for the 2017-18 rating year. This means that individual property value changes may result in rate increases or decreases outside of the normal rate pegging increase of 1.5% that will apply in 2017-18.
Also, the “rate path
freeze” does not apply to other Council charges such as those applied for waste, water, sewerage and drainage services.