Rates notices to be sent out next week

Burdekin residents will receive their rates notices in the mail next week.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said the rates notices would be issued next week (August 9, 2013) and residents would have until September 9, to pay their bill.

“This is the first rates notice issued under the new rating scheme and Council believes it is a fairer system for all ratepayers,” he said.

“One of the benefits of the new rates scheme is that if a ratepayer cannot pay all of the rates by the due date, any part payment will reduce the amount on which 11 per cent interest will be charged after the due date.

“The incentive is there to make payment and reduce the interest owed.

“The old 10 per cent discount penalised those who found it difficult to pay by the due date.”

Cr Lowis said Council also had inserted a flyer with the rates notice explaining the new rates payment scheme and the new waste scheme.

“The insert makes it easy to see how the new scheme has reduced the financial burden on Burdekin ratepayers,” he said.

Customers are encouraged to pay through their own bank using BPay. To pay by credit card, customers can log on to the Council’s website or phone 1300 276 468.

Residents can also pay their rates bill at the Council Chambers, Australia Post, or Queensland Country Credit Union. Methods of payment are listed on the reverse side of the rates notice.

Pensioners who are living in their own home may qualify for a pensioner remission and are advised to contact the Customer Service Centre to register their details.

New pension card holders will need to apply for the pensioner remission, which would then be calculated automatically each year.

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.

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