Rate notices to be issued Friday

Burdekin ratepayers will receive their rates notices in their mail box next week.

Burdekin Shire Council Financial and Administrative Services Manager Kim Olsen said the rates notices would be issued on Friday (August 8) and would be due by September 8.

“There are a number of ways residents can pay their rates and one of the easiest is by BPay,” she said.

“Just be sure to use the customer reference number shown on your notice and do not combine payments for multiple rate notices.

“If you want to start budgeting for next year’s rates you can also set up a periodic payment in advance and this will show as a credit balance on your next rates notice.”

Mrs Olsen said Council would allow ratepayers, who were unable to pay their rates in full by the due date, to pay them off throughout the financial year.

“This will, however, attract an 11 per cent interest charge on any overdue daily balance,” she said.

“You can minimise interest charges by making frequent part payments.

“Providing you do not currently have any overdue rates from a previous year and will have your 2014/15 rates paid in full by June 30, 2015, you do not need to advise Council of this arrangement.”

Mrs Olsen said pensioners who lived in their own home might qualify for a pensioner remission.

“I would advise pensioners to contact our Customer Service Centre and check to see that they are eligible and register their details,” she said.

“New pension card holders will need to apply for the pensioner remission, but this would then be calculated automatically for the following years.”

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.

Other ways to pay your rate bill is via credit card, cash or cheque in person at Council Chambers at 145 Young Street, Ayr between 8am-5pm. Credit card payments attract a 0.5 per cent surcharge. Cheques can be posted to PO Box 974, Ayr QLD 4807.

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