Burdekin Shire Council rates notices will hit mailboxes next week.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said there were a number of options for residents to pay their rates this year, including BPay, in person at the Council Chambers or Australia Post, or by sending a cheque in the mail.
“BPay always tends to be popular because it’s one of the most convenient methods of payment through phone and internet banking,” 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 banks about how they might be able to help set this up.”
This year, Council has increased its pensioner rebate to $358. Cr McLaughlin said pensioners may also be eligible for the State Government pensioner subsidy of $200 and a 20 percent discount on their State Government Emergency Management Levy.
“Council has again increased its pensioner rebate to ease the financial burden on our pensioners and has flagged the intention to continue increasing the rebate over the next two years,” she said.
“Ratepayers will have until Monday 4 September to make payment.”
Cr McLaughlin said those struggling to find the full amount by the due date have the option of paying it off in instalments throughout the year.
“This option attracts an 11 per cent interest charge. 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,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Some residents have been making regular payments in advance and will open their rates bill up next week to find an opening credit. It goes to show that by planning ahead, people can avoid the burden of having to pay a big lump sum all at once – a great position to be in.
“Ever increasing numbers of residents are taking this opportunity to make regular payments throughout the year.”
For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.