New rates pay­ment on of­fer

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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