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Rates Holiday

Rates Holiday for First Home Buyers

In a bid to attract new residents to Strathbogie Shire, Council has committed to grant a full rebate of two years rates for people eligible for the State's First Home Buyers Grant.

Adopted in Council's Budget, eligible residents will receive a waiver of their general rate and the municipal charge for a two year period.

At a glance

Strathbogie Shire Council has a large area of 330,326 hectaries, however we only have just over 10,000 residents across the Shire.

Within this area, we have to maintain:

  • 2522 km of road
  • 507 bridges and culverts
  • 174 buildings and halls

Sixty-five per cent of Council's budget goes towards maintenance and infrastructure.

To share the ever-increasing cost load, we need to grow and attract new residents.

 

Eligibility

For properties to be eligible for Council's Rates Holiday, they need to have been purchased after 1 July 2017, which is when the Rates Holiday commenced.

  • Proof of approval for the State Government's First Home Buyers Grant (now $20,000 after 1 July, 2017) to be provided.
  • Council will excuse the rates and municipal charge for a period of two years from commencement of the first full financial year in which the rates are payable by the new owner/s.

The First Home Buyers Grant is generally granted:

  1. For a newly built home sold for the first time - applied from the date of contract of purchase.
  2. For a house and land package - applied from date of contract of purchase.
  3. For a vacant block which new home is to be built - applied from the date of contract to build house.
  4. Maximum value of property is $750,000

 

Proposed savings

Waiver of the general rate for two years.

Waiver of the Municipal Charge ($266) for two years.
*Note - The municipal charge has been removed from ALL properties in the 2020/21 budget

  • On a new house purchased by eligible residents with a valuation of $300,000 (Capital Improved Value) the total rates saved by the property owner/s over the two years is approximately $3,730
  • On a new house purchased by eligible residents with a valuation of $200,000 (Capital Improved Value) the total rates saved by the property owner/s over the two years is approximately $2,670
  • On a vacant block purchased by eligible residents with a valuation of $100,000 (Capital Improved Value) the total rates saved by the property owner/s over the two years is approximately $2,400

What charges will I still pay for?

  • Waste Service Charges will still apply for those receiving a service. This will be $564 for a weekly organic service and fortnightly recycling and garbage (120 litre bin). NOTE: This charge will only apply when the new home is completed.
  • Tree Management Service Charge of $29
  • Fire Services Levy will still apply - this is collected on behalf of the State Government to support the state's fire services. NOTE: This is calculated using property valutaion and land use details.

How do I apply?

Please complete this form and attach evidence of your receipt of the approval from the State Revenue Office.
The completed form can be returned to us in person, emailed to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or posted to PO Box 177, Euroa VIC 3666

 



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