Community Rates Support Guidelines

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Objective

The Balonne Shire Council Community Rates Support Program seeks to:

  • Support the viability of community-owned facilities
  • Encourage the provision of services and facilities by not-for-profit community groups to the Balonne shire communities
  • Support community organisations experiencing financial hardship.

Eligible Organisations

Eligible community organisations which:

  • Are based in the Balonne Shire or able to demonstrate that the project, program or activity will directly benefit Balonne Shire residents
  • Are an approved charity or an incorporated not-for-profit organisation
  • Pay general rates or sewerage and cleansing sewerage and cleansing utility service charges to the Balonne Shire Council
  • Do not receive operational funding from the State or Federal Governments
  • Have public liability insurance.

Ineligible Groups

  • Individuals,
  • Organisations that are operationally funded by State or Federal Governments (e.g an aged care service conducted by an approved provider under the Aged Care Act 1997),
  • Gaming machine licensed organisations.

Funding Details

Funding as approved in Council's annual budget for the Community Rates Support Program will be available for community organisations that are liable to pay general rates and/or sewerage and cleansing utility service charges in the same financial year.

Remissions for service charges relate to cleansing and sewerage charges only. No remissions are provided for water service charges.

Successful organisations with a sport and recreation focus may receive up to 25% of their annual general rates and/or sewerage and cleansing utility service charges. Organisations with a charitable or community service focus may receive up to 50% of their general rates and/or sewerage and cleansing utility service charges.

The actual level of support/remission of rates approved will be at the discretion of Council. A cap may be applied to organisations with multiple service charges limiting the maximum amount of remission available.

The remission of rates will normally be processed as a credit on rate accounts, however, Council may refund rate payments which have already been paid.

No remission will be granted on arrears, interest amounts, water service charges, excess water charges or balances resulting from missed discounts.

Assessment Process

  • Applications should be submitted on the Application Form available from the Balonne Shire Council and include the details of the organisation. The application should also detail the reason why the assistance is required.
  • Supporting documentation may be required including:

           - Audited Financial Statements from prior years  - upon request

           - Public Liability Insurance Certificate - upon request

           - Incorporation Certificate - upon request

  • Applications must be submitted within the financial year for which a remission of rates is requested.
  • Council may include a remission of rates to identified organisations in future Revenue Policies and Statements to negate the need for these organisations to apply annually for a remission of rates under this program.

Applications for 2019-20 now open

Organisations eligible for support under this program include organisations which;

  • are based in the Balonne Shire or able to demonstrate that the project, program or activity will directly benefit Balonne Shire residents;

  • are an approved charity or an incorporated not-for-profit organisation;

  • pay general rates or sewerage and cleansing utility service charges to Balonne Shire Council;

  • do not receive operational funding from the State or Federal Government;

  • have public liability insurance.

Organisations with a sport and recreation focus may receive up to 25% of their annual general rates and/or sewerage and cleansing utility service charges. Organisations with a charitable or community service focus may receive up to 50% of their general rates and/or sewerage and cleansing utility service charges. Note: remissions will not be granted on or for water service charges or excess water charges.

This Community Rates Support Program is additional to Council’s Community Donations, Sponsorship & Grants Program and the recently introduced Sports Incentive Program.

If you feel you are eligible and wish to apply for the Community Rates Support Program, please complete the application form enclosed and return by the closing date 17 May 2019.

Applications Received after this Closing Date will not be eligible for support

All applications received by Council will be tabled at the June 2019 Council meeting.  The remission of rates will normally be processed as a credit on the rate account, however, Council may refund rate payments which have already been paid.

To discuss this matter further or to obtain additional information you are encouraged to contact Administration Officer - Rates, Tarnia Porter on (07) 4620 8888.

Application for 2019-20 (PDF)