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Rates rebate closing soon

16 Jun 2020, 4:00 AM

Waitomo District Council (WDC) is urging ratepayers to check their eligibility for receiving a rate rebate for the current 2019/2020 rating year before the June 30 deadline.

 

Chris Ryan, chief executive said WDC wants to ensure that anyone who qualifies for the rate rebate receives it.

 

“Some people may not realise that they need to apply every year even if they’ve previously applied and been successful.”

 

With less than two weeks to go before the deadline WDC is currently 32 applications behind their total from last year.

 

“Last rating year we received 291 applications, returning $182,980 to ratepayers which is a significant amount for our community.”

 

To date WDC has processed 259 applications, totalling $167,240 in rebates.

 

“The scheme provides substantial financial support for many households, the maximum amount people can receive is $640, so it’s definitely worth applying for if you’re eligible, particularly as we start to see the impacts of COVID-19 across the district.”

 

The value of any rebate is determined by household income, number of dependents and the level of rates being paid.

 

Ryan says, “Although a ratepayer’s income might exceed the threshold a partial rebate could still be available, as it also takes into account the amount of rates paid and number of dependents.”

 

“I encourage anyone who thinks they may qualify to contact us to check. Our customer service team can quickly determine whether you’re entitled.”

 

The rates rebate scheme is paid by central government but administered by each council. Those eligible, receive a credit on their rates account of up to $640.  Applications close 30 June 2020.

 

 

For more information or to apply visit waitomo.govt.nz or speak to the customer service team, by phoning  0800 932 4357, or by visiting the Waitomo District Council office, 15 Queen Street or the i-SITE, 160 Rora Street, Te Kuiti.