How moving ONE street further could save you $ 539 a year as New South Wales borough’s most eye-catching tax areas are revealed with some very surprising results – so where should you live?
- Wollondilly Shire pays much higher rates than their Camden Shire neighbors
- The difference was a whopping $ 539 after recent data from NSW councils
- The North Sydney Council only charged its taxpayers a little less than $ 750 per year
- Surprisingly, the most expensive areas are around 50km from Sydney’s CBD
Homeowners and renters living in New South Wales face vastly different city taxes, with immediate neighbors paying up to $ 539 less than each other.
Residents living in Wollondilly Shire Council, a huge region that includes Macarthur, Blue Mountains, the Central Tablelands and Greater Western Sydney, got to endure an eye-watering $ 1,810.29 annually.
Those from the Blue Mountains Council coughed up $ 1,747.22 and Hunters Hill Council residents paid $ 1,736.25, according to NSW Council average annual housing price statistics.
Despite being about 50 km from Sydney’s CBD, the areas are affected by significantly higher municipal tax rates than those in the city’s affluent North Shore.
Homes in Katoomba (photo above) are a long way from Sydney’s CBD, but residents paid higher municipal rates than most in NSW (stock image)
Property owners from the City of Sydney Council area paid the lowest council rates in NSW (stock image)
CHEAPEST COUNCIL TAX RATES IN NSW
1. The City of Sydney – $ 708.40
2. North Sydney – $ 747.87
3. Strathfield – $ 785.13
Fairfield – $ 788.17
Canada Bay – $ 931.11
6. Parramatta (New) – $ 950.54
7. Cumberland – $ 961.68
8. Blacktown – $ 1016.03
9. Bayside – $ 1017.52
10. Willoughby – $ 1033.28
Surprisingly, it was a completely different story for taxpayers at Strathfield Council, where rates are only $ 785.13, and North Sydney Council, where residents pay $ 747.87.
The cost for those living in the City of Sydney Council is $ 708.40.
Many would consider these three areas to be some of the richest areas in Sydney, with house prices easily fetching in excess of $ 1 million.
Those living in Camden Council, in southwest Sydney, paid a whopping $ 539 less in rates than homeowners in Wollondilly Shire Council – which is just one block away.
Camden taxpayer and father of three Charles Ganer lives on the border between the two city council areas.
He recognized that his personal circumstances were favorable compared to some of his neighbors.
“ The council (Camden) is doing well and I know people across the border in Wollondilly pay a lot more and so I think we get a good price in comparison, ” he told the Daily telegram.
‘I like to pay rates if I think the municipality is helping me. They certainly keep the area clean. ‘
Fairfield taxpayers also pay relatively low city fees of $ 788.17, with local mayor Frank Carbone saying that “every dollar spent is for the community.”
Local government minister Shelley Hancock said if people feel their specific council fees are too high, it is best to contact relevant local councilors who can disclose what services have been introduced for community betterment.
Most expensive average municipal tariffs in NSW (top 10 in 2018/19)
1. Wollondilly – $ 1810.29
2. Blue Mountains – $ 1747.22
3. Hunters Hill – $ 1,736.25
4. Northern Beaches – $ 1426.90
5. Mosman – $ 1,415.25
6. Ku-ring-gai – $ 1371.79
7. Woollahra – $ 1369.89
8. Penrith – $ 1335.96
9. Burwood – $ 1301.00
10. Randwick – $ 1295.14