Burdekin Shire Council rates notices will be delivered to ratepayers this week.
Council’s Financial and Administrative Services Manager Kim Olsen said the rates notices would be due for payment by September 7.
“Ratepayers are welcome to come into Council to make payment, but the easiest way is via BPay,” she said
“You just need to be sure to use the customer reference number shown on your notice and make sure not to combine payments for multiple rate notices.
“To ease the burden of finding this amount in one hit in future years, ratepayers also have the option of prepaying their rates through periodic payments and this will show as a credit balance on your next rates notice.”
Mrs Olsen said Council also allowed struggling ratepayers to pay their rates off throughout the financial year.
“This option is available to those who are unable to pay their rates in full by the due date, but it does attract an 11 per cent interest charge on any overdue daily balance,” she said.
“If you are taking this option, you can minimise interest charges by making regular part payments.
“Providing you do not currently have any overdue rates from a previous year and will have your 2015/16 rates paid in full by June 30, 2016, you do not need to advise Council of this arrangement.”
Mrs Olsen also advised pensioners not already receiving the pensioner remission to contact Council’s Customer Service Centre to see if they were eligible.
“New pension card holders will need to apply for the pensioner remission which will then be calculated automatically for the following years,” she said.
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.
For the year ended June 30, 2016 Council will allow a maximum Pensioner Rebate of $342 on property owned solely by eligible pensioner/s and where the property is the principal place of residence of the eligible pensioner/s.