Your Rates Explained

How Your Rates are Calculated

Rates are calculated by multiplying a property’s valuation by the rate in the dollar set by Council. The valuation for each property is determined by the Valuer General and is either a Gross Rental Value (GRV) or Unimproved Value (UV).

Gross Rental Value (GRV) is the fair annual rental value of your property and is an estimate of how much you could expect to receive if you were to rent your property. Where the property is vacant land, an equivalent GRV, based on 3% of the property value, is used.

For properties situated in the City of Kalamunda, the Unimproved Value (UV) is the site value of the land. In general, this means the value of the land as if it were vacant with no improvements except for merged improvements. Merged improvements relate to improvements such as clearing, draining and filling.

For Example:    
Gross Rental Value = $16,500    
Rate in the Dollar = .074314 cents (GRV – General)    
Annual Rates amount = $16,500 x .074314 = $1,226.18        
(Minimum rates may apply)    

Unimproved Value = $375,000    
Rate in the Dollar = 0.003706 cents (UV – General)    
Annual Rates amount = $375,000 x 0.003706 = $1,389.75
(Minimum rates may apply)    

Landgate has further information on the valuations for rating and taxing on their website.

Every three years, all properties within the metropolitan area are assessed at the same date, by valuers at Landgate to ensure a fair and equitable assessment. The data collected is used to calculate the Gross Rental Value (GRV) of each property. A revaluation was applied to all properties for the 2020/2021 financial year.

Find out more via
Rates Infographic provided by WALGA

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