Burdekin ratepayers will receive their Burdekin Shire Council rate notices in the mail this week with a due date of 3 September 2018.
Council’s 2018/19 annual budget included a modest general rate rise across most categories of 2.2 percent.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the rise was consistent with Council’s 10 year financial forecast.
“Council is very conscious of the pressures of household budgets, so we worked hard to keep rate rises to a minimum,” she said.
Waste Charges remain unchanged under the 2018/19 budget, whilst Sewerage and Water Access charges have only increased by $5 and $4 respectively.
Cr McLaughlin said Council had increased the pensioner rebate by $8 for the third consecutive year, bringing the annual remission to $366 per pensioner.
“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,” she said.
“I encourage all pensioners to visit the Burdekin Shire Council Customer Service Centre with their pensioner card to check their eligibility.”
Rates payments can be made over the phone by calling (07) 4783 9800, online by visiting BPOINT, by BPay via your financial institution, by mail or in person at Australia Post or Burdekin Shire Council Customer Service Centre.
Any ratepayer who is having difficulty paying their rates by the due date is asked to contact Council as soon as possible to discuss a payment plan. This option incurs an 11 percent interest on any overdue balance, however regular part payments can minimise interest.
Ratepayers who do not receive their rate notices by 13 August must contact Council on (07) 4783 9800.
For further information please visit the Rates section of Council’s website or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.