North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers.  Photo Tobi Loftus / Central & North Burnett Times
North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers. Photo Tobi Loftus / Central & North Burnett Times Tobi Loftus

More than $900,000 in unpaid rates in the Burnett

THE North Burnett Regional Council has announced more than $900,000 of unpaid rates within the region as of August 2017.

It was announced during a council meeting a few weeks ago that land owners are falling behind with their rates which seems to be piling up.

North Burnett Regional Council acting general manager of corporate and community services Mark Watt said despite the substantial figure this year, the issue was slowly improving.

"The amount of unpaid rates was reported at a recent council meeting, with outstanding balances improving,” he said.

"However, council continues to encourage ratepayers to pay rates so that extra interest charges are not incurred.

"Council understands that some residents may have difficulty in paying rates so there are a number of ways of paying to reduce the potential of financial hardship.”

Mr Watt said those having trouble paying should consult with the Your Rates Explained online tool, which provides information about paying rates, or registering to receive notices online.

This time last year the figure for unpaid rates was $715,626.

Eidsvold is the leading town for unpaid rates with the figure at $210,082, more than 2016's figure of $109,276.

Residents are encouraged to get their rates paid by Friday September 15 by 4pm to be eligible for the discount.

Find the Your Rates Explained tool at http://bit.ly/2wm675N.


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