Rate ar­rears no worry?

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Al­most 40 per cent of rates in ar­rears re­main un­col­lected, yet only a few coun­cil­lors seem con­cerned. The Fi­nance, Au­dit and Risk Com­mit­tee meet­ing re­vealed 63 per cent of rates in ar­rears were col­lected. Coun­cil­lor Terry Mag­ill be­lieved the per­cent­age was not good enough. ‘‘There is a sub­stan­tial un­col­lected por­tion of rates – my view is it [ar­rears] is too high,’’ he said. Mag­ill be­lieved it was ‘‘un­fair’’ to those who pay their rates on time. Chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Hobbs said the coun­cil’s rates pol­icy was ‘‘very good’’. Hobbs said South Waikato per­formed well in that depart­ment com­pared to ‘‘neigh­bours’’ of the district.

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