Changes to your rates
On 1 July 2021 we will be introducing a single scheme for everyone in Bayside.
This will redistribute the way we collect revenue from rates. Everyone's rates will be calculated using the same formula, with the amount you pay based on the value of your land and classification.
The State Government has given all amalgamated councils, including Bayside, until July 2021 to harmonise their rate structures.
This means that from July 2021, your rates will be calculated using a single formula that redistributes the way rates revenue is paid, so everyone is charged the same amount of rates depending on the value of their land.
Why we are making this change
The State Government imposed a rates freeze on amalgamated councils in 2016, ensuring ratepayers paid no more than they would have under their old council until 2021. Your rates are currently calculated using the formulas devised by the former Rockdale and Botany Councils.
We are required to introduce a single “fair and equitable” system by 1 July 2021. The current legislation doesn’t allow us to defer or stage the implementation over a number of years.
Consultation on the proposed changes to the Bayside rating system is currently on hold and will not progress until the next council meeting on 14 October 2020.
The recommendations from the council meeting of 9 September 2020 will be reviewed at this meeting.