Council has adopted quarterly billing in accordance with amendments to the Local Government Act.
Instalments for 2012/13 financial year are:
28 September 2012 7 December 2012 8 March 2013 7 June 2013
Payment of Rates
You can now conveniently and effectively pay your Council Rates Through:
- Our Web Site Secure Payment Facility: Click here
- The Council Phone Service, dial 1300 303 201(Local call cost). Enter the Council 4 digit info pay number 4338 and have your Assessment Number and credit card ready.
- BPAY customers quote Biller Code 36129 and your Customer Reference Number.
- Payments made in person at the Council Office, Town Hall, 89 Murray Street, between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.
- Cheques or Money Orders made payable to "Town of Gawler" and crossed "Not Negotiable" can be Mailed together with your Remittance Advice Slip to Town of Gawler, PO Box 130, GAWLER SA 5118.
You may also pay using the Australia Post Services
In person at an Australia Post Office Branch, by phone 13 18 16, or www.postbillpay.com.au
Late Payment Penalties
Rates become in arrears at the expiration of 60 days from the date of notice as shown on the face hereof or when any instalment under a Council approved instalment plan remains unpaid at the due date for the payment of the instalment. If any rates including instalment become in arrears:
(i) A fine of two per centum of the amount in arrears will be added on the day on which the rates are first in arrears.
(ii) Upon the expiration of each month from that day, a further fine calculated in accordance with Section 181 of the Local Government Act. 1999, on the total amount in arrears (including the amount of any pervious unpaid fine) will be added.
In any case where default in payment of rates (including instalment) occurs, Council may without further notice commence proceedings for recovery of all amounts due. Recovery proceedings available to Council include:
(i) proceedings in any court of competent jurisdiction
(ii) an order requiring an occupier of a property to pay to Council amounts of rent otherwise payable to the owner of the property.
(iii) compulsory sale of property
Objection to Land Use
The use to which the land is put governs the differential general rate. A ratepayer who is of the opinion that the description is incorrect may object. The objection must be made within 21 days; must be in writing addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, P.O. Box 130, Gawler, SA 5118; and must state grounds for objections and objector's opinion of correct land use.
The payment of rates cannot be suspended whilst the assessment is subject to a (Valuation/Land Use) objection. Rates will be adjusted when the objection has been resolved.
Objection to Valuation
The basis of assessment is the valuation derived from the Valuer-General's assessment as adopted by Council (Capital Value). You may object to the validation referred to in this notice by writing served personally or by post on the Valuer-General within 60 days after the date of service of this notice.
(a) if you have previously received a notice or notices under the Local Government Act, 1999 referring to the valuation and informing you of a 60-day objection period, the objection period is 60 days after service of the first such notice
(b) you may not object to the valuation if the Valuer-General has already considered an objection by you to that valuation
Objections are to be forwarded to:
The Office of the Valuer-General
101 Grenfell St,
Adelaide South Australia
GPO Box 1354, Adelaide SA 5001
Tel. 1300 653 345