Burdekin Shire rates notices sent out

Burdekin Shire Council rates notices have been posted to ratepayers.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council had made it easier for people to pay this year.

“We have removed the surcharge on credit cards so it will be cheaper for those wanting to pay electronically,” she said.

“Australia Post, as a service provider, will apply a surcharge for credit card payments until 31 August and then it will be removed.

“Council has also increased the Pensioner Rebate to $350 to ease the financial burden on our pensioners.”

To qualify for a pensioner remission, residents need to have either a Pensioner Concession Card from Centrelink or a Gold Card issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Council’s Financial and Administrative Services Manager Kim Olsen said ratepayers would have until 5 September to make payment.

“Ratepayers are welcome to come into Council to make payment, but the easiest way is via BPay,” she said.

“Ensure you use the customer reference number shown on your notice and make sure not to combine payments for multiple rate notices.”

Mrs Olsen said ratepayers struggling to find the full amount by the due date have the option of paying their rates off throughout the financial year.

“This option attracts an 11 per cent interest charge on any overdue daily balance, so you can minimise interest charges by making regular part payments,” she said.

“If your 2016/17 rates will be paid in full by 30 June, 2017, you do not need to advise Council of this arrangement.

“Any ratepayer with overdue rates from previous years must contact Council before commencing this arrangement.”

Rates can be paid via BPay, internet banking, by phone, at Queensland Country Credit Union Ltd, Australia Post, by mail or in person at Council’s Chambers in Young Street, Ayr.

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