All land within a Council area, except for land specifically exempt such as Crown land and Council occupied land, is rateable. The Barossa Council uses the capital valuation provided by the Valuer-General as its property value for setting rates. There are many considerations when the Valuer-General conducts property valuations, including recent property sales and market trends, and property developments.
Revaluation Initiative 2021-2022
Each year the Valuer-General of South Australia independently determines site and capital values for every rateable property in the State (referred to as the General Valuation).
This year, (2021-22), the Valuer-General undertook a once-off Revaluation Initiative to improve the accuracy of the data that informs the General Valuation each year.
The Revaluation Initiative forms part of the annual General Valuation and does not equate to a blanket change in value for all properties.
The Revaluation Initiative may have increased or decreased some property values within The Barossa Council in the 2021-22 financial year, due to influencing factors such as rezoning and redevelopment. This has mainly affected primary production and rural living property values.
We understand this may cause concern for affected ratepayers and hardship provisions are available for eligible ratepayers. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below respond to common questions and what steps may be taken to lessen the impact.
Impacts on rates due to COVID-19
The impacts from COVID-19 may affect property valuations and the rates and taxes you pay. For information on how this may affect rates and charges in South Australia refer to The Office of the Valuer-General COVID-19 Response Fact Sheet.
Objecting to your valuation
You may not agree that your value is correct and you have a right to appeal that valuation within 60 days of receiving a valuation notice. Your Council rates notice is a valuation notice. The Valuer-General can extend the objection period given reasonable cause. If you're unhappy with your valuation from the Valuer-General there are steps to take to objecting to a property valuation including how to lodge an objection and how to request a review.
Rates and charges
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