Swan Hill Rural City Council is extending payment deadlines for the first and second instalment of rates.
Acting Director Corporate Services Helen Morris said rate notices were being mailed out this week, with the first rates instalment payment due on 30 September and the second instalment by 30 November.
“Given the current stress on households and the timeframe of two weeks to pay the first instalment, Council is extending the due date by two weeks to 15 October,” Ms Morris said.
“Council will also extend the due date of the second instalment by a further two weeks to 15 December.
“Debt recovery will also be further deferred until 30 November,” Ms Morris added.
The measures follow Council’s announcement in August of an extension of the rates interest-free period for commercial properties.
For these properties, any unpaid 2019/20 rates and the first instalment of 2020/21 were deferred until 30 November 2020, without interest penalty.
Ms Morris said the rates payment instalment extension and deferment of rates for commercial properties aimed to help ease some pressure off ratepayers.
“Council will also continue to work with individual ratepayers to assist them if they are experiencing hardship,” Ms Morris added.
Residents or other sectors experiencing hardship or difficulty in making their rate payment can apply for special consideration due to their individual circumstances.
Special consideration includes a range of options from approved repayment plans, partial or full deferral to 30 November 2020 and interest deferrals.
Application for special consideration for these sectors will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Financial hardship application forms are available on Council’s website: www.swanhill.vic.gov.au
To find out more please contact Council on 5036 2333.