THE City of Swan is undertaking a review of the method of valuation applied to properties within its district, which is causing a lot of angst among ratepayers.
The city is holding drop-in sessions during the next few weeks including at Bullsbrook, Gidgegannup and Baskerville.
Drop-in sessions will be held at the
Ethel Warren Bullsbrook Community Centre on Tuesday, November 21 the Gidgegannup Hall on Thursday, November 23 and the Baskerville Pavilion on November 29.
All the drop-in sessions run from 4pm to 7pm.
The city has also extended the time for ratepayers to return a land use declaration form until Friday, December 22.
On its website the city said it had sent letters about a review of valuation method and if the declaration was not returned in time the council would assume a ratepayer’s land was used predominantly for non-rural purposes based on the data already obtained for their property.
The council wants to have any changes in place for the 2018-19 financial year.
If ratepayers return a declaration form council officers consider the ratepayer’s submission and the evidence, using a range of techniques, including aerial photographs and/or site visits, to determine if they consider the change to be appropriate.
A report is prepared for the council to look at all the submissions and make a decision on the proposed changes.
Details of the properties will then be sent to Local Government Minister David Templeman for approval of the change to land use.
Once finalised all changes get published in the Government Gazette and the local government is notified by the Minister.
The Valuer General then revalues the property and notifies the local government who will apply the new valuation method in the future.
Changing the method of valuation from UV to GRV is not related to the services provided – it is solely determined on the use of the land.
If the method of valuation for your property changes from UV to GRV, it does not affect or change the current land uses applicable to your property.
If your property changes from UV to GRV, rates may increase or decrease.
This will depend on the valuation provided by the Valuer General’s Office and the rate in the dollar.
If your property use changes in future you can apply to the city to have it reassessed.