BUDGET: South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt and Mayor Keith Campbell look over the 2019/20 budget.
BUDGET: South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt and Mayor Keith Campbell look over the 2019/20 budget. Jessica McGrath

How your rates compare to other council shires

SOUTH Burnett rates have arrived and residents who are able to are getting in quick to secure their early bird discount from the council.

Minimum residential land rates have increased by $12 to $970 this financial year.

South Burnett Regional Council said the total change in rates and charges was 4.04 per cent compared to the last financial year.

General rates increased by 1.9 per cent for 2019/20.

The differential minimum general rates for rural residential land across the South Burnett will also be $970 for 2019/20.

South Burnett industrial and commercial land owners will pay a minimum rate of $1202.

While many people choose to live in one council shire and work in another, some people will be paying different rates to their work colleagues.

Adjoining Gympie Regional Council towns like Goomeri faced an average of 1.8 per cent rise in rates across all categories.

Their minimum rates for residential and primary production land will be $1205.20 for 2019/20.

Those living in the Somerset Regional Council region, like Kilcoy, will pay a minimum differential general rate for urban residents of $813.24.

However, rural residents will pay $999.68 as the minimum general rate.

Yarraman residents, along with others who fall in the Toowoomba Council region, will be paying a minimum of $1049 for general rates.

Rural residents in the Toowoomba region could pay between $748 for low intensity rural to $899 for high intensity rural rates.

South Burnett rates changed significantly last year after the council decided to roll the road levy into the general rates.

This led to some rates rising between 8 and 17 per cent.

The inclusion of the road levy in the rates makes it difficult to compare the South Burnett general rates with other council regions which continue to pay their road levy separately.

Rates, levies and charges form 39 per cent of the South Burnett Regional Council's total revenue.

Rates dollars go towards funding services like community services, general operations, infrastructure, utilities and the environment.

Residents will have until 4.30pm Tuesday, September 24 to pay their rates notice and receive the discount for the rating period of July 1 to December 31, 2019.

South Burnett Regional Council said the rates notices were issued on August 20, 2019.

Anyone who has not received their rate notice should contact a council customer service centre to arrange a copy of the notice to be mailed.

Rate payments can be made in person at the Nanango, Kingaroy, Murgon, Wondai and Blackbutt customer service centres by EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard, cash or cheque.

Payments can also be made through Australia Post and via BPAY.

Anyone who is genuinely struggling to pay their rates may have access to the council's financial hardship policy.

Ratepayers can enquire further about the policy by contacting the council.

Kingaroy general rates

2018/19 Residential land: $952

2019/20 Residential land: $970

2018/19 Rural residential land: $952

2019/20 Rural residential land: $970

2018/19 Commercial/ industrial land: $1180

2019/20 Commercial/ industrial land: $1202