Rates and the budget

The rates that Council collects from all property owners helps us manage community assets and infrastructure. Rates fund the many vital Council services that support the health and wellbeing of our community.

Council spends around $224 million each year on managing community assets and infrastructure, and providing services to the community. In partnership with other levels of government, we are responsible for aspects of everyday life that are important to our community.

Where Do Your Rates Go?

The rates that Council collects from all property owners helps us manage these community assets and infrastructure, and fund the many vital Council services that support the health and well-being of our community. These services include:

 

  • waste collection
  • street cleaning
  • maintaining open space
  • planting trees
  • managing library services
  • community care
  • community facilities management
  • maternal child health.

 

The total amount of money needed to deliver services and projects to the community in the coming year informs our budget. Rates revenue makes up a significant portion of this budget.

The City of Port Phillip faces several long-term challenges including population growth, urbanisation and climate change, that have been identified in the Council Plan 2017-27. We acknowledge community concern about the affordability of Council services, with rates and other essential services forming an increasing share of average household expenditure.

Adopting the Budget 2019/20

Adopting the Budget 2019/20

The Budget 2019/20 (included in the revised Council Plan) was developed within the rates cap of 2.5 per cent set by the Minister for Local Government.

This Budget was presented to Council for adoption at the Council Meeting on 19 June 2019. View the Council report and meeting minutes.

Contact the Rates Department

Email: rates@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Phone ASSIST: (03) 9209 6777

Or use Online Services to ask us a question, request information or give us feedback online.

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