Council rates are essential for maintaining vibrant, clean and safe local communities.
The average South Australian household pays around $25 per week in council rates.
We know that adds up. But do you know how many services your rates actually fund?
Local council services are part of your everyday. Watch this video to find out what happens to your rates and how you can make sure they're spent on the local services you want.
Imagine no playgrounds or local parks, libraries, sports club facilities, community halls or seniors' services.
What would life be like without food inspections at local restaurants, rules about development, or provision of volunteer support programs?
Imagine your everyday without street lighting, rubbish collection, or the maintenance of pavements, roadways, street trees and verges.
In fact, South Australian councils look after about $22 billion worth of public assets. That's a lot of maintenance.
Council rates equate to around $3.50 per day for the average Australian household. A small price to pay for the hundreds of services and facilities that make your community great.
Did you know council rates are only 4% of the total taxes paid by Australians?
And yet, SA councils are being pushed by State parliament to do more and more.
Forced to collect state taxes through your rates, forced to give subsidies and exemptions, forced to take on new roles and responsibilities.
This puts pressure on council rates. That's your money; you should decide how that money is spent, not the state parliament.
This election, have your say and be heard.. Will your pollie cover this cost, or just shift it back to you?
Support your local community. Join the campaign.
To find out what other state policies are negatively impacting your community click here Rate capping facts
To learn more about how councils are part of your everyday click here.
Council Rates - Fact Sheets
- Council Services - Fact Sheet 1(1301 kb)
- Funding Council Services - Fact Sheet 2(1233 kb)
- About Council Rates - Fact Sheet 3(1209 kb)
- Valuations - Fact Sheet 4(1201 kb)
- Property Valuations and Council Rates - Fact Sheet 5(1162 kb)
- Council Rates Rebates - Fact Sheet 6(1188 kb)
- Council Rates - frequently asked questions(160 kb)