The City offers three standard options to pay rates: one annual instalment, two instalments, or four instalments.
The City also offers Rates Smoothing to help households spread the cost of their rates throughout the year. Rates Smoothing allows people to make regular weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments towards their rates, ensuring the total is paid before the end of the financial year.
There are three Rates Smoothing payment arrangements to choose from:
Weekly - 41 equal payments
Fortnightly - 21 equal payments
Monthly - 10 equal payments.
Full details of the amount due for each option are included on rate notices, which will be issued on 19 July.
New this year is the ability for residents and property owners to view the balance of their rates account and pay online via the City’s secure, online portal Rock Port.
Ratepayers can also opt for the convenience of eRates and receive their annual and instalment rate notices direct to their inbox while also reducing their environmental footprint.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the City had worked hard to ensure any increase in rates was kept to a minimum this financial year, and that ratepayers were provided with plenty of options to meet the cost.
“The 2017/2018 budget adopted by Council on 27 June was developed to meet the objectives of the City’s Business Plan,” Mayor Sammels said. “Major projects planned during the coming financial year include the Baldivis South Sports Pavilion, Baldivis South Community Centre, Stage 1 of the Baldivis District Sporting Complex, the Secret Harbour inclusive play space, Stage 1 of the Rockingham Foreshore Revitalisation, the Rockingham Central Library, youth and community centre, the upgrade of the Dixon/Mandurah/Gilmore roads intersection and Baldivis Road (between Safety Bay Road and Makybe Drive), Mersey Point Jetty, and the duplication of Nairn Drive between Blaxland Terrace and Cottonwood Drive.”