Unpaid council rates adding up
PERTH ratepayers owed local councils more than $60 million in unpaid rates bills at the end of the 201718 financial year.
A special investigation by Community News reporters found overdue rates bills varied from council to council.
City of Cockburn residents owed $3.25m in unpaid rates, 2.7 per cent of the overall 2017-18 rates figure of $119.2m, while residents in the City of Armadale owed $2.07m (3 per cent) and those in the City of Gosnells owed $4.68m. in accordance with the Local Government Act.”
City of Gosnells acting chief executive Chris Terelinck said they also preferred to offer payment arrangements.
“Where acceptable payment arrangements cannot be established or where land owners default on payment plans, the City will endeavour to recover unpaid rates through the courts,” he said.
Under the Local Government Act 1995, a council is able to take possession of a property if rates are left unpaid for three or more years.