KelledyJones Lawyers is, again, providing councils with the opportunity to enjoy the peace of mind that their rates declaration process will withstand scrutiny and, in a worst case, challenge.
Feedback is sought from councils on the timing of property valuation data from the Valuer-General.
The Valuer-General endeavours to provide valuation data to councils as soon as practicable in any year, after the formal valuation date of 1 January. In 2019 the Valuer-General is targeting Thursday 30 May as the final date for provision of this data, although many Councils will receive data much earlier, albeit subject to possible revisions by 30 May. Provision of data is staggered as it is not feasible for all Councils to receive data at the same date.
Our clients should be aware (to the extent that you are not already) that The Honourable John Darley has introduced the Local Government (Differential Rates on Vacant Land) Amendment Bill 2018 into the Parliament.
On behalf of all members, RPSA is closely following the developments in the progress of the proposed rate capping legislation. As members will be aware, it is a highly charged political issue and, therefore, is (as we expected) not progressing as speedily as other legislation because of the politics.