More than $900,000 not paid

Rates are due this week

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

THE North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil has an­nounced more than $900,000 of un­paid rates within the re­gion as of Au­gust 2017.

It was an­nounced dur­ing a coun­cil meet­ing a few weeks ago that land own­ers were fall­ing be­hind with their rates.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil act­ing gen­eral man­ager of cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity ser­vices Mark Watt said de­spite the sub­stan­tial fig­ure this year, the is­sue was slowly im­prov­ing.

“The amount of un­paid rates was re­ported at a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing, with out­stand­ing bal­ances im­prov­ing,” he said.

“How­ever, coun­cil con­tin­ues to en­cour­age ratepay­ers to pay rates so that ex­tra in­ter­est charges are not in­curred.

“Coun­cil un­der­stands that some res­i­dents may have dif­fi­culty in pay­ing rates so there are a num­ber of ways of pay­ing to re­duce the po­ten­tial of financial hard­ship.”

Mr Watt said those hav­ing trou­ble pay­ing should con­sult the Your Rates Ex­plained on­line tool, which pro­vides in­for­ma­tion about pay­ing rates, or reg­is­ter­ing to re­ceive no­tices on­line.

This time last year the fig­ure for un­paid rates was $715,626.

Eidsvold is the lead­ing town for un­paid rates at $210,082, more than 2016’s fig­ure of $109,276.

Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to get their rates paid by 4pm on Fri­day to be el­i­gi­ble for the dis­count.

Find the Your Rates Ex­plained tool at http://bit.ly/2wm675N.

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