Pen­sion­ers can ap­ply for rate re­duc­tion

Isis Town and Country - - News -

EL­I­GI­BLE pen­sion­ers in the Bund­aberg Re­gion are in­vited to ap­ply for re­duc­tions to their coun­cil prop­erty rates with ap­pli­ca­tions clos­ing on July 15.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Jack Dempsey said pen­sion­ers who qual­i­fied for the rates re­mis­sion were en­ti­tled to a State Gov­ern­ment funded 20% re­duc­tion up to a max­i­mum of $200 per year and a fixed coun­cil re­duc­tion of $140 per year. A re­bate of up to 20% is also avail­able on the State-im­posed Emer­gency Man­age­ment Levy.

“The con­ces­sions rep­re­sent an im­por­tant dis­count for our pen­sion­ers and Coun­cil wants to en­sure that ev­ery el­i­gi­ble pen­sioner re­ceives their fair en­ti­tle­ment,” Cr Dempsey said.

“When these pen­sioner dis­counts are cou­pled with the reg­u­lar 10% dis­count off the gen­eral rates com­po­nent of the bi-an­nual rates no­tices it amounts to sub­stan­tial sav­ings for the re­gion’s el­i­gi­ble pen­sion­ers.

“Any pen­sioner who has pre­vi­ously re­ceived it, is still el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive a re­bate, need not re-ap­ply to coun­cil un­less their cir­cum­stances have changed.”

Pen­sion­ers can check eli­gi­bil­ity by phon­ing coun­cil’s Rev­enue Sec­tion on 1300 883 699. Check pen­sion card de­tails and en­sure the in­for­ma­tion with Cen­tre­link or Vet­er­ans Af­fairs is cur­rent. All ap­pli­cants re­quire to pro­duce all con­ces­sion cards when ap­ply­ing.

Ap­pli­ca­tions need to be lodged by July 15. Forms to ap­ply for the re­bate are avail­able at coun­cil ser­vice cen­tres or visit www.bund­aberg.qld.gov.au.

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