About your rates

Council rates are a property tax levied on individual properties throughout the area.


Who pays rates

All property owners pay rates including residents and businesses.


Why we pay rates

We pay rates to help fund services and infrastructure to the West Torrens community. 60 percent of Council funds come from your rates.

The other 40 per cent of Council funds come from federal funding grants and managed funds.


Where your rates go

We are able to maintain a number of services through your rates.  These include:

  • library services
  • waste collection
  • infrastructure such as roads, storm water, kerbs and footpaths
  • parks and reserves
  • playgrounds
  • bikeways
  • aged care services
  • health care services
  • street lighting.

View our 'Day in the Life of West Torrens' video which shows where money is spent.


How rates are calculated

Each year we work out how much money we need to provide for our community. We then divide this figure by the number of properties within West Torrens to give us a ‘rate in the dollar’ figure. The rate in the dollar is applied against the value for each property to tell us its rates.

Find out more about how your rates are calculated


More information

Email the Service Centre or call 8416 6333

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