Proposal to apply for Special Rate Variation to commence 1 July 2019.

At its meeting on 26 November, Lithgow City Council resolved to notify IPART of its intention to apply for a permanent increase, above the normal rate peg, in our general rate income to commence in 2019/20 This process is called a Special Rate Variation (SRV) application.

Council proposes to apply to retain the current SRV of 4.77%. Council also plans to request an additional one-off SRV of 4.23%. The total SRV application will be for a 9% increase in rates revenue (i.e. the current 4.77% SRV plus a new 4.23% SRV) plus the 2.7% rate peg (set by IPART for 2019/20) will also be added.

A rates calculator has been developed and is available on the Have Your Say website so that you can see what the impact would be on your rates if Council is/isn’t successful in obtaining a Special Rate Variation to commence on 1 July 2019. 

For more information on the proposed Special Rate Variation visit which is continually being updated with fact sheets, documents and information designed to answer all of the community’s questions regarding the SRV.  

Alternatively, you can call into the Council Administration Centre or Lithgow, Wallerawang or Portland Libraries where someone will be happy to assist you.


Council wishes to advise that commencing 10 December, Micromex Consulting will be undertaking a random telephone survey to ascertain the community’s level of support for  the proposed Special Rate Variation.  Please note that, calls will generally be during early evening when most people are at home and available to participate. 

For those ratepayers who do not live in the Lithgow LGA or who are not contacted by Council’s Consultants, the survey will be available online at  from 14 December 2018 to 11 January.2019.

Alternatively, you may make a submission in writing to:

  • Lithgow City Council, PO Box 19, LITHGOW 2790 or email quoting file reference: SRV19-20. Submissions will be accepted until midnight 11 January 2019. 
  • IPART, PO Box K35, Haymarket Post Shop NSW 1240 or online at
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