Half-yearly rates notices in the mail
  • Monday 27 July 2015
Rates notices are in the mail

Sunshine Coast Council half-yearly rates notices have started to arrive in letterboxes and email boxes for 130,000 properties.

Ratepayers with a waste service will receive a $16.91 carbon tax rebate after council agreed to refund more than $2 million in carbon tax charges.

This will result in the majority of rate payers seeing an increase of just $1.65 on this rates notice compared to their July 2014 rates notice.

Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson said this was the first rate run of the 2015/16 financial year with rate payments due by Friday, August 21.

“Council recognises that pensioners, in particular, are doing it tough and has retained the pensioner discount,” Cr Thompson said.

“The early bird discount also applies and ratepayers can save 5% on their general rates, up to a maximum of $100 each six months, by paying before the due date.

“Council has kept the transport ($20), environment ($60) and heritage ($5) annual levies at the same rate.

“A standard 240 litre wheelie bin will increase by $6.90 per annum and the Tourism and Major Events Levy – charged to 10% of ratepayers – has risen by 10%.

“As this is a six-monthly rates notice, residents will see half those amounts in this rates issue.”

Council continues to make it convenient to pay rates with a range of payment options available including online, BPAY, by phone on 131 816, in person at Australia Post or at one of council’s Customer Contact Centres or by mail.

To make it easier for ratepayers you can set up a direct debit to have your rates paid in full by the due date.

You can now register to receive your rates notice by email.  Simply go to MyCouncil, visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

To assist with online or over-the-phone payments, property owners will need their payment reference number which can be found on their rates notice.

Ratepayers who cannot make payment by the due date can enter into an arrangement to pay the current rates by instalments by completing an online application on council’s website or phoning council’s customer service centre.

For rates inquiries, email council at rates@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 5475 7542 between 8.15am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

For more information about rates notices, visit council’s website.

FACT BOX – HOW TO PAY YOUR RATES

  • Online at any time of the day through council’s website, via the Online Payments link on the homepage;
  • Via BPAY if registered with your financial institution;
  • By phone, from anywhere in Australia using a credit card, on 131 816;
  • In person at any branch of Australia Post, with cash, cheque or EFTPOS;
  • In person at one of council’s Customer Contact Centres open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (locations listed on the bottom of your rates notice);
  • By mail using cheque or money order to Sunshine Coast, Locked Bag 72, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre 4560.