Council has considered the impact of rates on all businesses in the Council area, including primary production. In considering the impact, Council assessed the following matters:
- The equity of the distribution of the rate burden between classes of ratepayers. Council has declared lower rates in the dollar in different areas, such as rural land outside of the Kimba township, to more evenly share the impact of rates in relation to the cost of services provided to the different areas and classes of ratepayers. Businesses in the Kimba township pay the same rate in the dollar as all other property classes within the township
- Current local, state and national economic conditions and expected changes during the current financial year
- Changes in the valuation of properties from the previous financial year
- Specific Council projects for the coming year that will solely or principally benefit business and primary producers
- Specific infrastructure maintenance issues that will solely or principally benefit businesses and primary producers eg rural roads.
Eyre Peninsula Catchment Water Management Board Levy
The Minister for Water Resources has established the Eyre Peninsula Catchment Water Management Board which, under State Law must be funded via the collection of a water levy from ratepayers through local Councils. The levy is a fixed amount per rateable property, based on raising the funds estimated to operate the board each year. Councils are required by law to provide these funds through the new levy. All inquiries and complaints regarding the new levy should be directed to the Department of Water Resources.