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dhcd.nt.gov.au Page 17 of 35 March 2017, version 12 Under section 24(2)(c) of the LGA, the council is required to publish a notice in a newspaper generally circulating in the area stating that the draft muncipal, regional or shire plan has been adopted by the council for consultation purposes. The notice must also state that the council will consider written submissions about the draft plan. It is good practice to include a draft rates declaration with the draft municipal, regional or shire plan. In the draft plan, it is also good practice to have a section that explains what the proposed increases are for each class and type of rate, what has been the natural increase in rates, that is, new assessments created during the year, and some examples of rate increases across the council area. Submissions Submissions can cover anything that is included, or not included, in the plan and budget, the rate increase, or anything else that impacts on the plan and/or budget. These submissions would normally be considered by management and included in a report to council with recommendations on responses to the submissions. After consideration of the report and submissions, the council can then either amend the plan and budget or leave it as is. Everyone who has made a submission should be advised of councils response to their submission. Assessment record Why it is very important The individual assessment records should contain all the relevant information so that a person who looks at it in conjunction with the rates declaration can know without doubt how much their rates will be. If a property does not appear in the assessment record it may not be rated. The valuations included in the assessment records should reconcile to the amounts in the valuation roll which is published by the Valuer-General. If someone wanted to challenge the amount they have been rated, they would start with the assessment record. If they could show that the assessment record is wrong, for example, wrong ownership, wrong valuation, wrong zoning, wrong location or wrong category, they may be able to show they have been incorrectly rated. It is critical that the assessment record has all the information to prove that a persons rates have been properly calculated.
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