Councils provide an extraordinarily diverse range of services and the list just keeps on growing.
Council rates are essential for maintaining vibrant, clean and safe local communities.
The average South Australian household pays around $29 per week in council rates. We know that adds up.
But do you know how many services your rates actually fund?
Each year councils have to make important decisions about how to allocate rate payer funds to the vast range of programs and services they provide. Every year councils develop a draft Annual Business Plan which details what they are proposing rates would be and for what purposes they will be used.
Councils undertake a formal consultation process and invite their communities to voice their views on the draft Annual Business Plan, this normally takes place between April and July each year.
The draft plan, along with details of how to get involved, will be made available on your council's website during the consultation process.
Councils achieve a lot with very little resources compared to other tiers of government.
In fact, South Australian councils look after about $24 billion worth of public assets. That's a lot of maintenance.
Council rates equate to around $4 per day for the average Australian household.
A small price to pay for the hundreds of services and facilities that make your community great.
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Councils provide and maintain infrastructure such as roads, footpaths and kerbing, recreation facilities such as parks and gardens, sports grounds and swimming centres and even community wastewater and telecommunications systems.
Councils administer town planning and building legislation, dog and cat control processes and food safety regulation. Councils perform environmental management functions, including by providing waste and stormwater management services, coastal protection, landcare and other agricultural services.
Councils also support community development by providing library services, public health services and community centres. Councils focus on supporting and including vulnerable members of the community by providing child and aged care services, youth and disability services and community transport.
In challenging times, councils initiate economic development programs that can include employment creation, regional development, tourism and regional promotion and running and supporting local events and other business activity.
The fact sheets provided here contain information which applies generally to local government in South Australia, for information relating to rating policies of a specific council please refer to the website of the council in question.