Hume City Council collects rates to provide a wide range of services and deliver important building projects our growing community needs now and in the future.
Rates are a financial contribution that property owners make towards the cost of running Hume City.
Council generates most of its income from rates, which are set as a property-based levy and are calculated each year from July 1 to June 30.
View the My rates at work video to see how Hume City Council invests in key services, programs and building projects.
What are rates?
Council rates are a property tax on each individual property, which help pay for local community projects and services such as local roads, libraries, sporting grounds, parks and playgrounds. Rates also help to provide important services such as waste and recycling collection.
These services help Council create and maintain an attractive, high-quality, sustainable city and make Hume a great place to live.
Do I have to pay rates?
If you own a property in Hume, you will receive an annual rates notice and will be required to pay rates in four or nine instalments.
How are my rates spent?
Money raised through rates is used by Council to maintain local infrastructure, assets and to provide services to our community, such as:
What rates do I pay?
Hume City Council uses the one general rate across all types of properties, including residential, commercial, industrial and rural.
What you are required to pay will be detailed on your annual rates notice.
Do I get a discount on my rates if I don't use all the services?
No. Council provides services that the whole community needs and the community shares the cost. People use different Council services at different times in their lives.
2016/17 rate increase
In 2016/17, rates will increase on average of 2.5 per cent, adhering to the Victorian Government's Fair Go Rates policy.
Rates for the 2016/17 financial year cover 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.
How are my rates are calculated?
How do I pay my rates?
How is my property valued?