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The Northern Territory Manual for Council Staff working with Rates and Charges



The Northern Territory Manual for Council Staff working with Rates and Charges


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dhcd.nt.gov.au Page 21 of 35 March 2017, version 12 CEO Approval The Chief Executive Officer of the council is responsible for the accuracy of the rates declaration because it is the CEOs role to competently and accurately advise the Council. While the Council members formally make the declaration, they rely on the advice of the CEO. Sample regional council rates declaration A sample regional council rates declaration is provided at Appendix 2. For a good example of a municipal councils rates declaration, see City of Darwins rates declaration on their website. Rates notices Information required After the rates have been declared, rates notices are sent out to all ratepayers advising them of the rates they must pay for the financial year. Section 159 of the LGA states that a rates notice must state the due date for payment of rates either in full or, if by instalments, the due date of the first instalment. The notice must be given at least 28 days before the due date for payment of the rates or the first instalment of the rates. In addition, a rates notice would normally include a clear description of the allotment being rated, the assessed value of the land, the rate in the dollar, the total amount of rates, any charges, the interest rate that will be charged on overdue rates, methods of payment and how to apply to have any anomalies investigated. Instalments Section 161 of the LGA gives councils the ability to offer ratepayers the option of paying their rates by instalments. In the Northern Territory, some councils offer quarterly instalments, others offer half-yearly instalments and a small number do not allow for any instalments. It is up to the council to decide if it wishes to give its ratepayers this option. Other information A lot of councils include a brochure with the rates notice providing information on how to read the rates notice and explaining what the rates will be used for. It is a good opportunity for a council to provide contact details for elected members, detail how the