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Wow! Our city rates es­ca­lated by an av­er­age of 3.9 per cent this fi­nan­cial year. That’s the bad news.

Grey Power worked long and hard along with Age Con­cern to ob­tain a rates re­bate for se­nior cit­i­zens and fam­i­lies on low in­comes. With per­sis­tence, the amount avail­able was even­tu­ally in­creased an­nu­ally based on the cost price in­dex.

This year the max­i­mum re­bate is $610. The re­bate is in­come tested with a thresh­old of $24,470 per an­num. An ap­pli­cant may not be en­ti­tled to the full amount, but can still ob­tain a worth­while re­bate.

As the first pay­ments of rates for the 2016-17 year is due at the end of Au­gust, the coun­cil is gear­ing up to re­ceive ap­pli­ca­tions for the re­bate.

In the first in­stance con­tact coun­cil this month to make an Au­gust ap­point­ment to ap­ply for the re­bate.

This ap­plies only to those ap­ply­ing in Au­gust. One can ap­ply at other times – just drop into the cus­tomer ser­vice cen­tre and the staff will be happy to help you.

Don Robert­son, Palmer­ston North

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