The following is a summary of rates and charges written off during the period July 2017 to June 2018:
Abandoned rates and charges are determined under various sections of the Local Government Act 1993 which include:
- Section 564(2) of the Local Government Act 1993, which states Council may abandon interest charges on ratepayers who make periodical payments of their rates and charges to Council.
- Section 567 of the Local Government act 1993, which enables Council to abandon interest on rate accounts whereby in Council’s opinion, the person is unable to pay the accrued interest “for reasons beyond the person’s control” or payment of the accrued interest would cause the person hardship.
- Section 595 of the Local Government Act 1993 requires Council to write off postponed rates and charges which have accrued for more than five years.
- Section 583 of the Local Government Act 1993 requires Council to write off rates, charges and interest for an eligible pensioner who is entitled to a pensioner rebate.
NOTE – abandonments do not include sale of land properties held in July 2017 - June 2018.