What do rates contribute to?
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 around 55-60% of Council’s total income each year. With more than 35,000 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 road and footpath construction and maintenance street lighting, our libraries and art gallery, aquatic centres, parks, sporting fields, and to provide and maintain facilities and services.
While rates generate a significant amount of money, it's not designed to 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.