Discount for Prompt Payment of Rates
The purpose of this discount is to encourage the prompt payment of the relevant rates and charges. Discount will only apply to general rates and will not be allowed on the State Government’s Fire Services Levy, excess water charges, special rates or utility charges.
In accordance with Section 104 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 a discount of 10% will be allowed on the levy for the current year general rates if full payment of current and any overdue rates, charges and interest is received by 5:00 pm on the date shown on the rate notice as the due date. The due date will be the last day discount will be allowed, this being 31 days from the date of issue on the notice.
Payment of the full net levy amount has to be credited to the Council’s bank account, if done be BPay or electronic fund transfer, or received over the counter at Council’s office, or received by its appointed agents, by close of business on the due date specified on the Rate Notice, to attract the discount.
The discount will NOT be allowed on payments received after the close of business on the due date applicable to each instalment unless the Council is satisfied that payment was not made by the close of business on the due date because of circumstances for which the Council is responsible.
The discount will NOT be allowed where a payment was lodged before the close of business on the due date but the transfer of the funds into the Council’s financial institution or agent was not received by the close of business on the due date due to a delay by the payer’s financial institution or their agent.
Discount disallowed on the first instalment is not eligible for allowance even if payment is made by the close of business on the specified due date of a later levy.
No discount will be allowed if, after payment of current rates/charges, overdue rates remain on the property.
Rebate of Rates to Pensioners:
At Council's discretion, a rebate of 20% (to a maximum of $200 per annum) of the gross rates and charges levied may be granted to aged, widowed, invalid or other pensioners who are eligible to receive the State Government Pensioner Rate Subsidy. This rebate/concession compliments the subsidy that is offered under the State Government’s Pensioner Rate Subsidy Scheme.
The eligibility of a pensioner to receive a Council pensioner rate remission will be determined in terms of the following criteria:
- The applicant/s shall be the holder of a Queensland ‘Pensioner Concession Card’ issued by Centrelink, on behalf of the Department of Communities, or a DVA Health Card (All Conditions within Australia) or DVA Health Card (Totally & Permanently Incapacitated) issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
The pensioner must be the owner (either solely or jointly), or be an eligible *life tenant, of property within the shire, which is also their principal place of residence.
The pensioner must have (either solely or jointly with co-owners), the legal responsibility for payment of the rates and charges levied on the property by council.
In the case of joint ownership, the concession will apply only to each approved pensioner’s share of the rates and charges.
Where the co-owners are an approved pensioner and his/ her spouse, who both reside on the property, the full concession amount will apply.
The subsidy is only allowable on one property at a time.
(*A life tenant must provide a copy of a valid will of family/supreme court order. Life tenancy is effective only after the death of a property owner.)
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 132 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 Council will charge interest on all overdue rates and charges, including special and separate rates, at the maximum rate provided for by the Regulation.
For the 2022/23 financial year, any outstanding balances at the close of the discount period will incur interest at the rate of 8.17% per annum compounding daily.
Payment of Overdue Rate by Instalments
To assist ratepayers in meeting their rate responsibilities, Council may accept applications for payment of overdue rates and utility charges by instalments from property owners provided that such payment plan will provide that all rates and charges are paid within one year from when the application is made. Each application will be assessed on its merits.
Interest will continue to be charged on overdue rates and utility charges which are subject to an instalment payment plan. The applicant must comply with the terms of the instalment plan agreed to, as default will result in Council requiring immediate full payment of future instalments.
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