Council posts out mid year rates’ notices
  • Thursday 21 January 2010

Rates notices have started to arrive in letterboxes for 150,000 Sunshine Coast properties as council completes its second and final rate run of this financial year.

The rate notices with a value of $195 million are printed on greenhouse friendly ENVI laser carbon neutral paper.

Finance and Business Executive Director Greg Laverty said all rate payers should try to take advantage of the early payment discount relating to general rates and refuse charges.

“If rates are paid by February 19th, eligible pensioners are entitled to ten percent discount off general rates and refuse charges while other ratepayers are entitled to a maximum of $100.” Greg Laverty said.

“In addition, this rates notice will be the last time it will be in this format with water and sewerage included,” he said.

“With the creation of the new water and waste water distribution and retail entity, from July 2010 they will directly bill property owners for water and sewerage.”

“In a lead up to this, at the request of the state government, in February council will send all residential tenants information on their water consumption with water saving tips in accordance with the Water Supply (Safety & Reliability) Act 2008.”

“As many residential tenants do not know how much they use, the aim of the water consumption advice they will receive is to keep them aware of their water consumption patterns.”

Council continues to make it as convenient as possible for residents to pay their rates.

Ratepayers can pay online at anytime of the day or with Post Billpay, or via BPay with participating financial institutions.

Those who do not have access to the Internet still have the convenience of paying by credit card over the phone. Phone 131 816 from anywhere in Australia and follow the prompts.

In addition, customers can pay in person at any branch of Australia Post, by cash, cheque or from your nominated savings account.

Payments can also be made in person at one of council’s customer service centres, between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday, or they can mail their cheque or money order to their local Sunshine Coast Council office.

For all online or over-the-phone payments please have your customer reference number from you rate notice handy.

Ratepayers who cannot make payment by the due date can enter into an arrangement to pay by instalments. As long as you meet the conditions of the arrangement, council will not charge any interest on this current half-year’s rates.

For more information about your rate notice, contact your local council office or visit council’s website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.