Rates claims rise

Central Leader - - News -

More peo­ple have ap­plied for a rates re­bate than at the same time last year.

More than 2400 ap­pli­ca­tions have been ap­proved by Auck­land City Coun­cil for re­bates to a to­tal value of $1.237 mil­lion.

The fig­ure is 9 per­cent above last year’s ap­pli­ca­tions at the same time.

Ratepay­ers have un­til June 30 to ap­ply for a re­bate for the 2008 - 2009 rat­ing year.

About 7000 peo­ple are ap­proved for the sub­sidy each year, which is part-funded by the gov­ern­ment.

House­holds that qual­ify can re­ceive up to $530 off their rates.

El­i­gi­bil­ity de­pends on in­come, rat­ing level and the num­ber of de­pen­dents in the house.

Auck­land City Coun­cil tops up the gov­ern­ment sub­sidy to also cover Metrowa­ter charges.

A re­bate can be cred­ited even if you have paid your first rates in­stal­ment in full.

For more de­tails, see www.auck­land­c­ity. govt.nz, or phone 3792020.

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