Rates due date fast approaching

Burdekin Shire Council has reminded residents the due date to pay their rates is fast approaching.

Rates for the 2017/2018 financial year are due for payment by Monday, September 4.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said in order to make it as convenient as possible for residents, there were a number of options for people to pay their rates.

“This includes via BPay, in person at the Council Chambers or Australia Post, or by sending a cheque in the mail,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“If people are interested in using BPay but aren’t sure how to get started, I encourage them to speak to their bank about how they might be able to help set this up.”

Those struggling to find the full amount by Monday, September 4 also have the option of paying it off in instalments throughout the year.

Cr McLaughlin said this option attracted an 11 per cent interest charge.

“You should contact Council to advise your circumstances so that a suitable payment arrangement can be negotiated,” she said.

“The interest owing on any overdue balance is compounded on a daily basis, so by paying small amounts off regularly, residents can minimise their charges.”

Many ratepayers take the opportunity to pay their rates off in advance throughout the financial year.

Cr McLaughlin said an ever increasing numbers of residents were recognising the benefits of making periodic payments in advance.

“By making smaller payments in advance throughout the year, people can avoid altogether the burden of having to pay a big lump sum all at once,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“In fact, by the time some people receive their annual rates bill in the mail, they not only don’t have to pay another cent, but find they actually have a credit on their account going into the next financial year.

“If you would like to start budgeting now to pay next year’s rates, advance payments can easily be set up through BPay using the Customer Reference No. shown on your notice.”

Cr McLaughlin said rates allowed Council to fund essential services to the community.

“These include water and waste infrastructure, waste disposal, roads, parks and gardens,” Cr McLaughlin said.

For more information on paying your rates please contact the Customer Service Centre or visit www.burdekin.qld.gov.au

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