The NSW Office of Local Government (OLG) has offered relief to NSW local government ratepayers who may have been impacted by the socioeconomic effects of Covid19.
NSW Councils have also been able to add extra measures too
By The Editor
Important relief measures, mandated by the OLG and supported by individual NSW councils with other measures, have been highlighted in a newsletter from the Coffs Harbour City Council’s General Manager, Mr Steve McGrath, that accompanied the first quarter 2020-21 rate notice sent out by mail to all ratepayers this week.
The brochure is titled “Coffs Harbour – A Regional City on the Move” and the measures are outlined below.
The highlighted measures below also apply to other Councils on the Coffs Coast including Bellingen and Nambucca.
What are the measures?
The following measures have been put in place to assist ratepayers and the community in general. The OLG mandated ones are in bold italics.
- The extension of the due date for the first rates installment from 31 August 2020 to 30 September 2020
- Council rates, fees and charges applying to non-residential properties
- Suspending new debt recovery actions for outstanding accouints where financial hardship is apparent
- Removing account keeping fees
- Removing late and reminder fees
- No interest charges on outstanding rates from July 1 to 31 December 2020
- Removing credit card surcharges
- Supporting procurement from local businesses
- Deferring the 2020/21 Special rate for City Center businesses and associated infrastructure works to the same value; and
- Applying loan repayment relief for existing loans to community groups.
What does this mean?
If ratepayers and citizens are suffering due to Covid19 related measures such as lock-downs or as a result of lost jobs, less working hours or similar socioeconomic pressures you wont be penalised for late rate payments up to 31 December this year.
Also there is a one month extension to 30 September for the due date for first installment rates for the 2020/21 financial year too.
Separate details from the GM’s newsletter can also be found at; https://www.news.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/2020/07/17/coffs-harbour-a-regional-city-on-the-move-17-july-2020/
We will be discussing other issues raised in this newsletter next week.