Pensioners can apply for rate reduction
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.