Council's financial year is from 1 July to 30 June the following year. Rates Notices are posted out to ratepayers around July each year, following the adoption of the budget by Council.
The budget process and rates can be complex to understand. Please read our FAQ sheet. If you still have further questions please contact Council's Rates Officer on 64305 738.
Methods of payment
PAYING OVER THE INTERNET
Online rates payments visit this link. Mastercard and Visa accepted.
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS BY PHONE
Call 1300 886 451 and follow the prompts. BIller Code and Customer Reference Number can be found on the front page of your rates notice. Mastercard and Visa accepted.
|| BPAY - TELEPHONE & INTERNET BANKING
Call your bank, credit union or building society to make this payment from your cheque, savings or credit card account. Biller Code and Customer Reference Number can be found on the front page of your rates notice. More info: www.bpay.com.au
Direct debit from a nominated bank account on the last day of the month or instalment dates as per the front page of your rates notice. Contact the Rates Officer for details.
MAILING YOUR PAYMENT
Complete, tear off and mail your instalment slip to:
PO Box 973 Burnie TAS 7320.
Cheques made payable to Burnie City Council.
||CENTRELINK - CENTREPAY
Use Centrepay to arrange regular deductions from your Centrelink payment. Simply call Centrelink, or contact the Burnie City Council on (03) 6430 5738 to request a Centrepay deduction form.
To pay this bill visit a post office, phone 13 18 16, or go to www.postbillpay.com.au.
The Council offices are open for the payment of rates between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, by cash,cheque or credit card.
Council Office, 80 Wilson Street BURNIE TAS 7320.
Eftpos available. Please note: daily limits may apply.
Pensioner and health care card holder remission
Local Government (Rates and Charges Remissions) Act 1991 defines the holder of any of these three card types to be an eligible pensioner for rates remission purposes:
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Heath Care Card
- Repatriation Health Card
The card must have a date of grant on or prior to 1 July of the year to which the rate remission relates. Please note possession of an Australian Government Seniors Health Card does not qualify the holder for a rates remission.
The applicant must be liable to pay the rates on the property that they occupy as their principal place of residence as at 1 July of the financial year to which the rates relate. There is a limit of one remission per year per pensioner household. A pensioner who is a multiple property holder is not entitled to receive more than one remission per year.
Eligible pensioners are entitled to a remission of 30 per cent of rates and charges on their principal place of residence up to a maximum amount for a given year. The 2012/13 maximum cap for the Pensioner Rates Remission will be $275 for those pensioners that are also a customer of a water and sewerage corporation; and $406 for those pensioners who are not a customer of a water and sewerage corporation.
Application forms are available from Customer Services at 80 Wilson St and need to be completed no later than 31 March 2013.
Late Payment of Rates
The rates notice details when the instalments are due and payable. If the amount due is not paid by the due date, interest will be charged on the amount due at a prescribed rate determined under section 128 (2) of the Local Government Act. If any instalment is not paid within 21 days of the due date then the rates and charges for the whole year become due and Council may take recovery action without further notice.
In certain circumstances, due to physical changes to a property (eg additions, house built, new property created etc), valuations are required to be carried out between general valuations. These updated valuations are based on the same date and level of value as the existing valuation and may result in additional rates and charges as per the Local Government Act (1993) Part 9 Div 2/92.