Contributory scheme rates and charges policy
Knox City Council has developed a special rates and charges policy to ensure a fair process for contributory schemes.
The Policy was adopted by Council in 2008.
About contributory scheme rates
Contributory scheme rates or charges are payable in addition to normal Council rates.
Council also contributes to contributory schemes. Under the Special Rates and Charges Policy, Council contributes at least 10 per cent towards the cost of works.
Council also pays for non-rateable land and contributes towards community benefit.
Council’s contribution may be up to 50 per cent of the cost.
Works covered by contributory schemes
Works may include:
- unsealed or unmade roads
- stormwater drainage
Starting a contributory scheme
A Scheme can be started through gaining majority support of benefitting owners by:
- a resident petition
- a resident letter(s), or by
- Council through an adopted prioritised improvement works program for unmade roads.
Steps in the contributory scheme process
Once support is gained from the majority of benefitting owners, there are five steps:
Paying by instalments
Payment is not required until construction has begun.
Payment can be made by one lump sum or 40 loan repayments over a period of 10 years.
Council loan repayments incur an interest rate of one per cent above the borrowed rate. The interest rate is set at the time the Scheme is adopted by Council.
Apportionment is how we calculate the level of benefit each property will derive from the works.
This benefit is then applied to the cost of the project and a contribution amount is calculated for each property.
Council uses formulas and criteria to calculate the contribution for each property.
- the zoning of the area
- property dimensions
- property road frontages
- land uses
- property access.
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