Un­paid rates adding up

Canning Times - - NEWS -

PERTH ratepay­ers owed lo­cal coun­cils more than $60 mil­lion in un­paid rates bills at the end of the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year.

A spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Com­mu­nity News re­porters found over­due rates bills var­ied from coun­cil to coun­cil, with the City of Can­ning among 11 met­ro­pol­i­tan lo­cal gov­ern­ments owed more than $2 mil­lion.

City of Swan ratepay­ers were the worst at pay­ing off their bills in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year, with al­most $10 mil­lion owed at June 30, 2018.

Wan­neroo came in sec­ond with $8,745,555 – just over 3 per cent of the to­tal rates levied.

Can­ning Mayor Paul Ng said Can­ning’s to­tal of $2,810,003 did not in­clude any de­ferred rates, where peo­ple strug­gling to pay off their bills have pay­ment plans.

It in­cludes a rel­a­tively small amount of $20,705 in in­ter­est and le­gal costs.

Cr Ng en­cour­aged res­i­dents to sign up to re­ceive their rates elec­tron­i­cally for eas­ier com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­cen­tives.

Rock­ing­ham ($5,831,119), Gos­nells ($4,680,514), Stir­ling ($4,674,278) and Melville ($4,199,085) all had to­tals owed to them over the $4 mil­lion mark.

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