Late rates add up
MORE than $8.7 million is owed by about 3 per cent of homeowners in the City of Wanneroo for rates due more than a year ago.
City of Wanneroo corporate strategy and performance director Noelene Jennings said 3.03 per cent of household rates notices for 2017-18 were outstanding, equating to more than
“The City recovers outstanding rates by issuing a final notice two weeks after the due date,” she said.
“If payment is not received or no repayment arrangement is entered into, an external debt recovery agent is engaged to recover the debt.
“The City applies a latepayment interest rate of
8.45 per cent on outstanding general rates (and) the State Government applies a late-payment interest rate of 11 per cent on the Emergency Services Levy.
“The City has taken possession of two properties in the past decade; in both of these cases, the properties were deceased estates, with owners dying intestate and the properties abandoned.”
The City sent final notices for the unpaid 2018-19 rates on September 25.
A special investigation by Community News reporters showed overdue rates bills varied from council to council, with more than $60m owed.
City of Swan ratepayers were the worst at paying off their bills in the previous financial year, with almost
$10m owed at June 30. Wanneroo came in second, then Rockingham on
$5.83m, Gosnells on $4.68m, Stirling on $4.67m and Melville on $4.2m.
City of Joondalup ratepayers had one of the lowest amounts, totalling
$430,933 from 473 properties, as at October 9.
The City charges interest on overdue amounts accrued daily at 11 per cent a year. Pensioners or seniors are exempt from those charges.
The City of Joondalup has not taken possession of, and sold, any properties in the past decade.