Rates are used to provide essential services and to ensure adequate funds are raised to maintain the region’s infrastructure to a satisfactory level.
If you own a home or business property you will pay rates to your local Council, unless your property (for example a church, school or hospital) is exempt from rates. Our rates are determined in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993.
Rates are paid every year and can be paid in full or by quarterly instalments.
If you are paying in full, your rates are due on or before 31 August each financial year.
The due dates for quarterly instalments are:
- First Instalment – 31 August
- Second instalment – 30 November
- Third instalment – 28 February
- Fourth instalment – 31 May.
Late Payments and Interest Charges
If you don’t pay your rates on or before the due date, interest (calculated daily) will be charged on the amount owing. The interest rate is set annually by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).
The current interest rate for the 2016/17 financial year is 8.0 per cent.
Council may take legal action to recover unpaid rates and charge the cost of the action to the ratepayer.
All payment options will be listed on your Rates Notice, with the choice to pay by cash, cheque or BPAY.
To pay your rate by post, send your cheque and remittance advice to Edward River Council, PO Box 270, Deniliquin NSW 2710
Paying by Direct Debit
You can pay your rates through direct debit from your account. You need to notify Council’s rating officer and discuss an applicable amount each year.
If you have arranged an automatic payment and funds are not available in your nominated account to pay your rates on the due date, Council will charge a dishonour fee and an administration fee.
If the rates have been overpaid on a property, only the person who made the payment can apply for a refund. Sufficient evidence of the payment will need to be submitted.
If you are having difficulty paying your rates on time, please call the Council to discuss possible alternative arrangements. If you are suffering severe financial difficulties you may apply for a financial hardship determination.
Contact us to change your mailing address in person, in writing or via email - We are unable to change your address over the phone.
Alternatively, download and complete the Change of Address form and return to us via email, post or by dropping into our Customer Service Centre at 180 Cressy Street, Deniliquin.