More residents could be eligible for rates rebate

Waitaki residents on low or fixed incomes are being encouraged to find out if they are eligible for a Government-funded rates rebate – an amount calculated on income then credited to the relevant rates account.
Chief Financial Officer Paul Hope says there is concern that many ratepayers believe they are not eligible because rebates are only available to people on government benefits – however, eligibility criteria is based on income.
“If someone’s income is between $24,000 and $30,000 and their rates are over $1,200, they would be eligible for a partial rebate.”
“Over $500,000 has been paid out in rebates so far this current financial year (2016/17) and there could be more people eligible.”
With the deadline of 30 June 2017 looming, people are being encouraged to apply now. Application forms are available from the Council office in Thames Street, Oamaru. Ratepayers can also call 03 433 0300 to have an application form posted to them.
The new rating year for 2017/18 commences 1 July and Rate Rebate forms will be posted to ratepayers starting 1 August 2017.

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