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COUNCIL PROVIDES COVID-19 FINANCIAL RELIEF
Ararat Rural City Council will extend its financial hardship measures to support those impacted by the COVID pandemic.
Businesses, residents, and ratepayers experiencing financial difficulties can apply for a range of relief measures, including interest holds, flexible payment arrangements and rates deferral.
Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said Council’s relief measures are similar to those introduced last year to support people facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
“While we await higher levels of vaccination to protect the community, a number of COVIDSAFE restrictions remain in place to minimise the transmission of the virus,” said Dr Harrison.
“We understand that some of these restrictions have greatly impacted our community, and this is something Council has taken into account in considering rate payments.
“I want to reassure our community that Council is here to support those experiencing financial hardship by offering measures that will provide some financial relief during this time in the form of a payment arrangement or deferral.
“If you are experiencing financial difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic, please get in touch with Council officers to discuss your options.”
Homeowners and businesses experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 can apply for an interest-free deferral for all outstanding rates between 1 July 2021 until 31 May 2022. Ratepayers can fill out a financial hardship form found on Council’s website www.ararat.vic.gov.au to be considered for an interest hold.
Council will provide two options to ratepayers to manage their outstanding rates based on their ability to pay – a payment arrangement or rates deferral. If any debt is still outstanding on 1 June 2022, Council’s Revenue & Ratings Strategy will apply.
People experiencing financial difficulty are encouraged to contact Council on 5355 0209 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. au to discuss setting up a flexible repayment plan.