Notice of intention to declare a combination special rate and charge for the Coburg shopping precinct

Notice of intention to declare a combination special rate and charge for the Coburg shopping precinct 

This public notice is a further public notice and otherwise replaces the public notice given by the Moreland City Council (Council) in relation to this matter in the Moreland Leader newspaper on 24 April 2017.

In accordance with a resolution of the Council made at its ordinary meeting held on 12 April 2017, notice is given that at the ordinary meeting of the Council to be held on 9 August 2017, it is the intention of the Council to declare a combination of a Special Rate and Charge (Special Charge or Scheme) under section 163(1) of the Local Government Act 1989 (Act) for the purposes of defraying expenses to be incurred by the Council in (administratively only and subject always to the approval, direction and control of the Council) providing funds to the incorporated body known and operating as the Coburg Traders’ Association (CTA) such funds to be used for the purposes of defraying promotional, advertising, marketing and business development expenses as approved by the Council and agreed to between the Council and the CTA, all of which are associated with the encouragement of commerce, retail and professional activity and employment in the Coburg Shopping Precinct (Precinct).

The Special Charge will be based on geographic criteria, having regard to the location and ownership or occupation of those rateable properties in the Precinct which are used, or reasonably capable of being used, for commercial, retail or professional purposes, together with their respective tiered benefit classifications further details of which are set out below.

The Council considers that each rateable property and each business included in the Scheme area liable or required to pay the Special Charge will receive a special benefit because the viability of the Precinct as a commercial, retail and professional area will be enhanced through increased economic activity.

In declaring the Scheme, the Council is performing functions and exercising powers in relation to the peace, order and good government of the municipal district of the City of Moreland, in particular the encouragement of commerce, retail and professional activity in and around the area for which the Scheme is to be declared.

The Scheme is to be declared, and will remain in force, for the period commencing on 1 October 2017 and ending on 30 June 2022.

In performing the functions and exercising the powers for which it is proposed the Special Charge will be declared, the Council intends to levy during the period of the Scheme the following amounts:

  • For the first nine months of the Scheme (being for the period 1 October 2017 to 30 June 2018), a pro rata amount of $138,193
  • For the second year of the Scheme (being for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019), an amount of $190,308
  • For the third year of the Scheme (being for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020), an amount of $195,802 (being an amount which is based on a 3 percent increase on the amount levied in the immediate preceding year)
  • For the fourth year of the Scheme (being for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021), an amount of $201,563 (being an amount based on a 3 percent increase on the amount levied in the immediate preceding year)
  • For the fifth year of the Scheme (being for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022), an amount of $207,450 (being an amount based on a 3 percent increase on the amount levied in the immediate preceding year)

For the total period of the Scheme, a total amount of $933,316 will be levied).

The land and the properties in relation to which the Scheme is to be declared is all the land and properties described in the following street addresses:

  • 311-517 (inclusive) and 322-502 (inclusive) Sydney Road, Coburg;
  • 94-124 (inclusive) and 81B-133 (inclusive) Bell Street, Coburg;
  • 2-8 (inclusive) and 1-25 (inclusive) Munro Street, Coburg;
  • All properties in Louisa Street, Coburg;
  • All properties in Victoria Street, Coburg; and
  • All properties in Waterfield Street, Coburg.

The Special Charge will be assessed and levied on the basis of a rate in the dollar applied to the capital improved value (CIV) of each property included in the Scheme (such values to be  initially determined and as in force as at 1 October 2017) and:

  • For the first nine months of the Scheme (being for the period 1 October 2017 to 30 June 2018), the following amounts are specified as being payable by those properties in the following tiered benefit classifications (in order to raise a pro rata amount of $138,193)

Tier 1 (CIV $0 - $149,999.99) properties pay $184

Tier 2 (CIV $150,000 - $299,999.99) properties pay $246

Tier 3 (CIV $300,000 - $739,999.99) properties pay $290

Tier 4 (CIV $740,000 - $999,999.99) properties pay $407

Tier 5 (CIV $1,000,000 - $1,999,999.99) properties pay $763

Tier 6 (CIV $2,000,000 +) properties pay $1,234

  • For the second year of the Scheme (being for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019), the following amounts are specified as being payable by those properties in the following tiered benefit classifications (in order to raise an amount of $190,308)

Tier 1 (CIV $0 - $149,999.99) properties pay $254

Tier 2 (CIV $150,000 - $299,999.99) properties pay $339

Tier 3 (CIV $300,000 - $739,999.99) properties pay $399

Tier 4 (CIV $740,000 - $999,999.99) properties pay $561

Tier 5 (CIV $1,000,000 - $1,999,999.99) properties pay $1,051

Tier 6 (CIV $2,000,000 +) properties pay $1,699

  • For the third, fourth and fifth years of the Scheme, the Special Charge payable by the properties in each of the above tiered benefit classifications will be based on an increase of 3 percent on the respective amounts payable by the properties in the immediate preceding year.

The properties included in the Scheme will otherwise be subject to general revaluations and supplementary valuations on the same cycle as Moreland City Council general rates and charges.

The Special Charge will be levied by the Council sending a notice to the persons who are liable to pay the Special Charge which will require that the Special Charge must be paid in the following manner –

  • By one annual payment to be paid in full by the due date fixed by the Council in the notice which will be a date not less than 30 days after the issue of the notice; or
  • By four instalments to be paid by the dates which are fixed by the Council in the notice.

The Council will consider cases of financial or other hardship and may reconsider other payment options for the Special Charge. There will be no incentives given for payment of the Special Charge before the due dates for payment.

For the purposes of having determined the total amount of the Special Charge to be levied under the Scheme, the Council considers and formally determines for the purposes of sections 163(2)(a), (2A) and (2B) of the Act that the estimated proportion of the total benefits of the Scheme to which the performance of the functions and the exercise of the powers relate (including all special benefits and community benefits) that will accrue as special benefits to the persons who are liable or required to pay the Special Charge is in a ratio of 1:1 (or 100%).

This is on the basis that the Council considers all of the services and activities to be provided from the proceeds of the expenditure of the Special Charge are marketing, promotion, advertising and business development related, and will accordingly only benefit those properties and businesses included in the Scheme that are used, or reasonably capable of being used, for retail, commercial or professional purposes.

Copies of the proposed declaration of the Scheme and a detailed plan of the Scheme area are available for inspection at the Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Road Brunswick or at the Coburg Council Offices, 90 Bell Street Coburg, during normal business hours for a period of at least 28 days after the publication of this notice.

A person affected by the Scheme, being a property owner or occupier or other person required to pay the special charge, may make a written submission about the proposed declaration to Council. A person or persons acting on their behalf can be heard in support of a submission, however, must request to be heard in their written submission.

Consideration of submissions and the hearing of submissions will occur in accordance with sections 163A, 163B and 223 of the Act. Submissions must be received by Council by Wednesday 25 May 2017 and should be addressed to: 

Manager of Economic Development
Moreland City Council
Locked Bag 10, Moreland, Victoria, 3058

Any person who has made a written submission under section 223 of the Act and has requested to be heard in support of their written submission is entitled to appear in person or to be represented by a person specified in the submission before the Council (or a Committee of the Council appointed by the Council) under section 223 of the Act the day, time and place of which will be advised in writing.

Any person making a written submission under section 223 of the Act is advised that the Council is not required to make available for public inspection submissions received in accordance with section 223 of the Act. Accordingly, all submissions and personal information in submissions will be handled as authorised or required by law, including under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

The Council will consider any written submissions and take into account any objections in accordance with sections 163A, 163B and 223 of the Act.

Persons requesting to be heard will be advised in writing of the date, time and place for the hearing of submissions and objections. All written submissions lodged with Council will become public documents and will be available for public inspection.

More information

Any person requiring further information concerning the proposed declaration of the Scheme should in the first instance email Hayley Rosenboom, Retail Facilitation Officer, Economic Development or call (03) 9240 2462.