Where do rates go?
It's difficult to list everything that your rates contribute to each year, but we've given it a go in any case.
Rates make up about 50% of Council’s total income each year. With more than 30,000 rate payers in Maitland, this is a considerable amount of money that goes towards the many services and infrastructure that we enjoy as a community.
The money is used for things like libraries, street lighting, waste services, swimming pools, roads, parks, sporting fields, and to provide and maintain facilities and services.
While rates generate a significant amount of money, unfortunately it can’t cover everything. The balance of Council's income is made up of grant and development contribution funding, user fees and charges for a range of services including hiring community halls and sportsgrounds, as well as interest and investment revenue.