Rate notices for the period 1 July to 31 December 2016 were issued on Tuesday 23 August with the extended discount date to Tuesday 25 October 2016. An information Sheet/Payment Arrangments FAQ's was sent out with the Rates Notices.
Rates in South Burnett Region are levied six monthly effective from 1 July 2016.
Ratepayers will usually receive their six monthly rate notices in August and February and have 30 days to pay their rates to receive the 10% discount offered by Council. Water usage charges are also included on the six monthly rate notices.
For specific information about rates and charges, please refer to the related documents at the bottom right of the page.
Supplementary Notices may also be issued at various times during the year to some ratepayers to account for changes to their services or unimproved valuations (for example, sewerage pedestal rates after building a new house on vacant land; commencing a garbage service, etc.).
These supplementary notice charges also attract a 10% discount providing all rates and charges are paid by the due date.
Discounts and Pensioner Rebates
Rate payments must be received by the due date to receive a 10% discount. In order to take advantage of the discount we offer for early payment - the full amount, including any rate arrears and interest must be paid on or before the discount expiry date. Electronic payments processed after the nominated Payment Cut-off Time on the due date by your financial institution or bill payment service will not be eligible to receive discount.
Please note that the discount does not apply to State Emergency Levies, water usage, rural fire levies, environmental levies, road levies, waste management levies and community rescue and evacuation levies and interest charges, and residents with rates in arrears are not eligible for a discount until their arrears have been brought up to date. In addition, outstanding rates attract an interest charge of 11% pa, compounded daily.
The Queensland State Government will subsidise 20% (maximum $200.00 pa) of the rates for approved pensioners by way of a rebate. Also, Council offers a subsidy of 10% (maximum $100.00 pa) off rates plus a further subsidy of 10% (maximum $100.00 pa) specifically for the Road Levy for approved pensioners. This makes a combined maximum Council subsidy of $200.00 pa.
For new applications, Council can only apply the subsidy to the current six monthly rating period. No backdating of pensioner subsidy is authorised by the State Government.
Application forms for the rebate must be lodged by June 30th each year. These forms are available from Council's offices or online.
Rates can be paid in person at Council's offices in Blackbutt, Kingaroy, Murgon, Nanango, Proston and Wondai or by posting cheques or money orders to Council at the address stated on your rate notice.
EFTPOS facilities are available at all Council offices. Most debit or ATM cards are accepted.
Rates can also be paid using BPAY. Please contact your participating financial institution to make payment from your cheque, savings or credit card account. The BPAY Biller Code and reference number are located on the front of Council's rate notice under the due date. Follow the recorded prompts to make payment from your nominated account.
Rates can also be paid using POSTbillpay, via Australia Post branches, or by telephone or internet. You can make your payment from your cheque, savings or credit card account. The POSTbillpay biller code and reference number are located on the front of Council's rate notice under the due date. Follow the prompts to make payment from your nominated account.
Credit Card Payments can also be made over the Phone by phoning 13 18 16 and following the prompts.
CentrePay is a voluntary deduction service available to ratepayers who receive an eligible payment from Centrelink. CentrePay allows Centrelink customers to pay their rates over time through a direct pay facility. Minimum payments do apply and are subject to Council approval. Contact the Rates Department or Centrelink for more information.
Council is always prepared to accept any reasonable arrangement for the settlement of rates. This includes paying by instalments. If you are having difficulty in paying your rates, please contact the Rates Department. Application to Pay Rates by Instalments is available from Council's offices or online.
Please note however - in order to take advantage of the discount we offer for early payment - the full amount, including any rate arrears and interest must be paid on or before the discount expiry date. Electronic payments processed after the nominated Payment Cut-off Time on the due date by your financial institution or bill payment service will not be eligible to receive discount.
You can also pay your rates in advance and/or by instalments simply by making deposits through your bank using the Biller Code and Customer Reference No. on your rate notice. Many people find this helpful when budgeting for their commitments.