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Your rates explained

Your Council rates bill consists of three elements:

Your rates bill has increased this year, due to an increase in the waste charge and the Victorian Government Fire Levy.

Your property rates will also have changed this year. Whether this was an increase or decrease depends on the effect of this year’s Victorian Government required revaluation of your property.

Property rates

The Victorian Government rate cap for 2018/2019 is 2.25%. This means the average property rate must not be more than 2.25% higher than last year. It is not a limit on how much your individual property rates can increase. This depends on your property’s valuation this year compared to last year and how that change compares with other properties in Maroondah.

As a result, your rates may have increased by more than 2.25%, they may have increased by less than 2.25% or they may have decreased.

How we calculate your property rates

How much you pay in property rates is determined by the valuation of your property multiplied by the declared rate in the dollar.

How your rates are calculated

The Victorian Government legislates that properties are valued every 2 years. This valuation occurred as at January 1 2018. On average Maroondah residential property values increased by 19.6%. These valuations are endorsed by the State Valuer General who oversees the property revaluation process for all of Victoria. Unlike State land tax, increases in property valuations do not generate extra rate revenue for Councils.

Waste charge

The increase in your waste charge is due to China’s new policy severely restricting the importation of recyclables, which has been well documented in the state and national news. It has had a significant impact on recycling markets world-wide.

The waste charge is a service charge that recovers the full cost of the waste service provided. It is a separate charge to your property rates.

Councils have had to negotiate new pricing arrangements. This has resulted in a substantial increase to the cost of processing your collected recyclables. Previously Council was paid for recyclables collected. It now pays for recyclables to be collected.

The increase of $68.50 for a 120 litre service per property is made up of:

  • $59 which is the increase associated with the recycling contractual changes
  • $9.50 which is the annual contractual increase for all other waste collection. This includes two hard waste collections per household per year, and regular rubbish and garden organics collections. 

Victorian Government Fire Services Levy

The Victorian Government increased the Fire Services levy for 2018/19. This amount is determined by the Victorian Government and is not limited by the rate cap. It varies depending on your property type and the fire services district that you are in (MFB/CFA).

This charge is collected by Councils and fully transferred to the Victorian Government.

Your rates at work

The 2018/19 Budget outlines the provision of financial resources for the next 12 months and details how these resources will be applied to deliver the more than 120 services and extensive range of programs and activities Council provides to the Maroondah community.

The Budget and the Long Term Financial Strategy have been developed through a rigorous process, and will ensure Council continues to meet the high level and variety of service expected by our community, while also ensuring our long term financial sustainability within the rate capping environment.

With a growing population and increasing pressure placed on Local Government to extend its provision of services, this remains an ongoing challenge. We are confident that the 2018/19 Budget represents a balanced, sustainable and responsible platform that will see enhanced services for our community; the protection of Council’s $1.57 billion in net assets; the delivery of extensive capital projects to continue transforming Maroondah; and the provision of a financially prudent future for our ratepayers.

The 2018/19 Budget links to the achievements of the Council Plan 2017-2021: Year 2 as part of an integrated planning framework. The Budget identifies the resourcing to meet 40 initiatives, including 16 major initiatives, as identified in the Council Plan.

These initiatives respond to the wants and needs of the community, and will contribute to the achievement of the four-year Council Plan key directions and ultimately deliver the preferred outcomes in Maroondah 2040 – Our future together.

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An allocation of over $4.47 million has been made to maintain and upgrade our recreational facilities such as playgrounds, golf courses, sportsfields and reserve bridges. This includes $590,000 for playground renewals throughout Maroondah, including at Cheong Park and Barngeong Reserve; and $800,000 to be spent on sportsfield surface renovations at the Mullum Reserve Oval No.2. It also includes $120,000 for sports infrastructure renewal such as cricket nets and coaches boxes and $200,000 for tennis and netball court surfacing, nets and fencing; along with $200,000 for footbridge replacement works.

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Maroondah’s extensive system of stormwater drains, which extend more than 760 lineal kilometres, will receive $3.47 million for drainage improvement works including $700,000 for catchment works at Power Street, Croydon North; $500,000 for the Scenic Avenue, East Ringwood Stage 3B Flood Mitigation Works; $200,000 for the Hull Road easement drainage upgrade; and $125,000 for retarding basin reinstatement works.

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A total of $10.30 million has been allocated to the 510 Council buildings and structures to maintain these assets to a high standard and ensure the community has access to safe and appropriate facilities. The projects include: improvements to pavilions and facilities at Silcock, Springfield and Quambee reserves, and at Jubilee and Croydon Parks; new public toilets at Warrien Reserve; and building renewal and accessibility works at various locations including Brushy Creek Community Hall, Bill Wilkins Lodge, Jubilee Park Croquet, and Kurburoo Kindergarten in Warranwood.

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Council maintains over 475 kilometres of roads and 600 kilometres of constructed footpaths and will provide funding of more than $7.45 million on roads, footpaths, local area traffic management and commercial centres. These works include road resealing and renewal of Kalinda Road, Morinda Street, Towerhill Drive, Caroline Street and Seymour Street; $2.7 million on Stage 1 reconstruction of Lincoln Road between Dorset Road and Fiveways Roundabout; local area traffic management at Allens Road, Gracedale Avenue, Leigh Road and Reilly Street. Carpark improvements will be undertaken at Croydon Park, with five new disabled car parking bays at Ringwood Lake Park playspace. Heathwood Shopping Centre will also see improvement works. More than $1.5 million will be used on footpath replacement works and improved footpath disability access at numerous locations across the municipality, and will include new footpaths along The Boulevard, Heathmont; Lena Grove, Ringwood; and Holland Road, Ringwood East. Bicycle and shared paths will also be improved, including $250,000 on the Heathmont Rail Trail.

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 Maroondah City Council provides more than 120 different services to the 117,396 members of our community, including:
  • The creation and delivery of more than 40,000 Meals on Wheels meals every year.
  • 91 School crossing supervisors helping children and families safely get to and from kindergarten and school at 74 school crossings – rain, hail or shine.
  • Close to 15,500 hours of Social Inclusion and Wellbeing programs for older residents and people with a disability; and more than 250 hours of support annually to residents of Maroondah Supported Residential Services.
  • Keeping our community active and healthy at our six Maroondah Leisure facilities, including Aquanation, Aquahub, Croydon Memorial Pool, Ringwood and Dorset Golf and The Rings.
  • Maternal & Child Health services through seven centres across the municipality.
  • Community events, such as Maroondah Festival, Carols by Candlelight, Australia Day, Run Maroondah, and Reconciliation Week, which attract participation from over 40,000 people each year.
  • A fully accredited immunisation service, which delivers more than 10,000 vaccinations each year.
  • Services and programs for young people aged 12 to 25, including drop-in programs and support services. 

Total income

Rates & charges $90.27m 59.90%
User fees $26.20m 17.4%
Operating grants $11.94m 7.9%
Contributions monetary $3.74m 2.5%
Statutory fees & fines $4.51m 3%
Capital grants $12.95m 8.6%
Interest $1.08m 0.7%
Total $150.69m 100%
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Related links

Paying your rates

Receive your rates notice online

Property valuation

State Government Fire Services Levy

Explaining your waste charge increase

Waste collections

Commercial and Industrial waste services

04/08/2017
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