Un­paid coun­cil rates adding up

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

PERTH ratepay­ers owed lo­cal coun­cils more than $60 mil­lion in un­paid rates bills at the end of the 201718 fi­nan­cial year.

A spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Com­mu­nity News re­porters found over­due rates bills var­ied from coun­cil to coun­cil.

City of Cock­burn res­i­dents owed $3.25m in un­paid rates, 2.7 per cent of the over­all 2017-18 rates fig­ure of $119.2m, while res­i­dents in the City of Ar­madale owed $2.07m (3 per cent) and those in the City of Gos­nells owed $4.68m. in ac­cor­dance with the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act.”

City of Gos­nells act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Tere­linck said they also pre­ferred to of­fer pay­ment ar­range­ments.

“Where ac­cept­able pay­ment ar­range­ments can­not be es­tab­lished or where land own­ers de­fault on pay­ment plans, the City will en­deav­our to re­cover un­paid rates through the courts,” he said.

Un­der the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 1995, a coun­cil is able to take pos­ses­sion of a prop­erty if rates are left un­paid for three or more years.

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