Information about on rates, what they are, how to pay them, objections and concessions can be found below.
If you are having difficulty paying your rates please contact the Council office on 08 8767 2033 to confidentially discuss your options.
At its meeting on 25 June 2019, the Council adopted its Annual Business Plan which included $3,857,033 (net) in rate revenue, of a total revenue budget of $7,456.125. As a result, Council will apply the following cents in the dollar for the differential land use categories:
$0.3597 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of category (a) (Residential).
(Shop, Office, Other)$0.3597 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of categories (b) (Commercial – Shop), (c) (Commercial – Office) and (d) (Commercial – Other).
(Light, Other)$0.3597 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of categories (e) (Industry – Light) and (f) (Industry – Other).
$0.2698 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of category (g) (Primary Production).
$0.4137 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of category (h) (Vacant Land).
$0.3597 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of category (i) (Other).
$0.3597 cents in the dollar for rateable properties with a land use of category (j) (Marina Berth).
Generally, the amount of rates payable is determined by multiplying the relevant cents in the dollar and the capital value of the property. However, a minimum rate of $579.50 will be applied across the Council district i.e. every rateable property will pay at least this much.
Council will apply a maximum increase of 10% will apply to all assessments within the Council area on the general rates liability in accordance with Council’s Rating Policy (exclusion circumstances apply).
The ‘rate capping’ provision aims to provide relief to those ratepayers who may be unfairly affected by significant rate increases where volatile valuation movements have occurred.
Community Wastewater Management System (Section 155 of the Act)
The Council provides a community wastewater management system to defined properties in Kingston. The Council recovers the cost of operating and maintaining this service through a service charge of $252.50 for each unoccupied property unit and $378.00 for each occupied property unit. Where the service is provided to non-rateable land, a service charge is levied against the land.
Mobile Garbage Bins (Section 155 of the Act)
The Council provides a kerbside mobile garbage bin collection and disposal service across the Kingston township, Rosetown, Wyomi, Pinks Beach, Cape Jaffa and connecting roads as detailed in Council's 'Mobile Garbage Bin Collection & Disposal Service Policy. Where the service is provided to non-rateable properties, a service charge is to be levied against the land. The Mobile Garbage Bin Service Charge levied by Council is $220.00 for each service provided to the property.
Natural Resource Management Levy
Kingston District Council is required under the Natural Resource Management Act to collect the NRM levy on behalf of the South East Natural Resource Management Board. In 2019/20, the SE NRM Levy will continue to be based on 'Local Government Land Use'. The following land use levies are applicable:
- $79.00 for Residential, Vacant and Other
- $120.00 for Commercial
- $188.00 for Industrial
- $338.00 for Primary Production
The Council is operating as a revenue collector for the South East Natural Resource Management Board. Council does not retain this revenue or determine how the revenue is spent.
Methods of Payment
Mailing Your Payment
Paying in Person
Concessions on Council Rates
Concessions on council rates and Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS) sre no longer administered by councils. This concession was previously applied to eligible concession card holders as determined by the Department for Community and Social Inclusion in conjunction with SA Water, and has been replaced by the ‘Cost of Living Allowance’ administered directly to concession holders through the State Government.
For any questions regarding the 'Cost of Living Concession' and to check eligibility, please contact the Concessions SA Hotline directly on 1800 307 758 or go to www.sa.gov.au/concessions for further information.
Pursuant to the Local Government Act 1999, some organisations may be eligible for a rebate. These include: non-profit community groups, health care establishments and educational organisations. For further information, phone 08 8767 2033 or email email@example.com. To apply for the rebate, please submit the form below to Council.
The Council has adopted the valuations made by the SA Valuer-General as provided to the Council on 21 June 2019. If you are dissatisfied with a property valuation then an objection may be made to the Valuer-General in writing, within 60 days of receiving notice of the valuation, explaining the basis for the objection - provided you have not:
- previously received a notice of this valuation under the Local Government Act 1999, in which case the objection period of 60 days from the receipt of the first notice; or
- previously had an objection to the valuation considered by the Valuer-General.
The address of the Valuer-General is:
Office of the Valuer-General
GPO Box 1354
Adelaide SA 5001
Telephone number is 1300 653 345
The Council has no role in this process, but does have information brochures and Objection forms available. It is important to note that the lodgement of an objection does not change the due date for payment of rates.
Land Use Objections
Council applies differential general rates, and the SE NRM Levy, accordingly to ‘Land Use Category’. The Council uses the Land Use categories provided by the SA Valuer-General. If you believe a land use has been incorrectly applied to your property, then an objection may be submitted to Council within 60 days of receiving notice. It is important to note that the lodgement of an objection does not change the due date for payment of rates.
To lodge an objection to land use, please submit the form below to Council.
Voters Roll Entitlement
Ratepayers who are not enrolled on the State Electoral Roll for the Kingston District Council area and wish to vote in Council elections, need to apply for inclusion on Council’s Voters Roll.
This means that all residents not on the State Electoral Roll, including:
- non-Australian citizens,
- a sole owner who lives outside the area but owns property in the Council area,
- a sole occupier who occupies property in the Council area as a tenant but does not live at the property (a non resident occupier),
- corporate bodies, and
- groups of persons (joint owners or owners in common),
will need to apply for voting entitlements. Additionally, corporate bodies and groups of owners will need to nominate a designated person who will vote on their behalf. An elector can only vote once in a Council election, so the designated person nominated by a corporate body or group should have no other voting entitlements in Kingston District Council elections.
Please contact the Council Office on 08 8767 2033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your entitlements.