City adopts rate re­lief pol­icy

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Prop­erty own­ers in the City of Kar­ratha strug­gling to pay their rates can look for­ward to some re­lief with the in­tro­duc­tion of a new lo­cal govern­ment pol­icy.

The Fi­nan­cial Hard­ship (Rate Re­lief) Pol­icy will en­ti­tle ratepay­ers in fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty to have their out­stand­ing rates con­sid­ered for a write-off of in­ter­est to a max­i­mum of $500, us­ing sur­plus City in­come gen­er­ated by rents from The Quar­ter.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the pol­icy would pro­vide an­other form of fi­nan­cial re­lief for res­i­den­tial ratepay­ers, in ad­di­tion to flex­i­ble payment ar­range­ments. “Coun­cil un­der­stands that dur­ing times of fi­nan­cial hard­ship res­i­den­tial ratepay­ers may ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fi­culty pay­ing rates and ser­vices charges,” he said.

Ap­pli­cants will have to prove they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing “ex­treme and gen­uine” fi­nan­cial hard­ship and have no out­stand­ing rates from a pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year or be ad­her­ing to an ap­proved payment ar­range­ment.

Cr Long said on av­er­age more than 90 per cent of City ratepay­ers paid off their rates, in full or by in­stal­ments.

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