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Gladstone Regional Council, like every Local Government in Queensland, gains the bulk of its operating budget revenue through general rates and service charges. General rates are essentially a tax on property and are based on land valuations. Service charges are levied on properties that receive a specific service.
The revenue generated by general rates and service charges allows Council to maintain and operate existing infrastructure and services and provide for new capital projects.
Rates notices will be issued on September 05, 2012 with payment due by October 05, 2012 to attract a 10% discount.
A 5% discount is available for those who pay in full between October 6 and November 5, 2012.
People who choose to pay at the Gladstone administration centre in Goondoon Street can opt to use a quick payment service by deposting a check in the shute provided.
Property owners who experience difficulty meeting their rate payments should contact Council immediately to ensure a payment agreement can be negotiated.
Ratepayers should also be aware that their water rates for the previous six months will also be included in their rates figures.
Your rates notice should have been accompanied by an information booklet detailing important rates information including a 2012-2013 Guide to the Budget, Council expenditure and pensioner rebates. These documents are also available on our Payment Options page (click here to be redirected).
For more information or assistance with your rates notice, contact Council on 4976 6999 or visit Council's website at www.gladstone.qld.gov.au and follow the 'Finance' link under 'About Council'.