New rates payment on offer
WITH rates notices to be issued on August 13, the North Burnett Regional Council will ramp up their efforts to get the community on board a more reliable method of settling their debts.
Brochures, posters and advertisements for a new direct debit payment campaign will soon be unleashed and could include a $2000 rates discount reward to those who switch to the payment method. “I think a campaign is a marvellous idea,” Councillor Kevin Wendt said at the council general meeting last month.
“It would give us a chance to get out there and sell it because trying to encourage people over the phone to switch to direct debit banking is hard.” Direct debit banking will give ratepayers the opportunity to spread their payments over the course of the year, rather than through annual or quarterly instalments.
With more than $1.04 million in arrears as of June 5 this year, and $651,000 of this outstanding for quite some time, councillors hope this new system will take pressure off residents and allow them to catch up on outstanding rates.