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Payment of Rates for the 2016/2017 financial year will be in quarterly payments due by:
A quarterly notice will be sent to ratepayers 30 days prior to each due date. A ratepayer may also pay their rates in a single instalment due by 9 September 2016. To make bill-paying more convenient for customers, the City of Port Lincoln provides the following services for the payment of your rates account.
Click 7-69-T2 Rates Arrears Payment Plan Agreement and complete form if you would like to enter into a payment plan to pay off outstanding Council rates debt.
Council is offering a 2% discount for early payment of rates received in full on or before Friday 9 September 2016. This discount is not applicable to the Natural Resources Management Levy.
Section 181(8) of the Local Government Act provides that Councils may impose a penalty of 2% on any late payments rates. A payment that continues to be outstanding is then charged an interest rate, set each year according to a formula in the Act, for each month it continues to be late. The purpose of this penalty is to act as a genuine deterrent to ratepayers who might otherwise fail to pay their rates on time, to allow Councils to recover administrative costs of following up unpaid rates and to cover any interest cost the Council may meet because it has not received the rates on time.
A quarterly reminder notice will be issued showing amount outstanding including any fines and interest levied.
The Council is prepared to consider remission of penalties for late payment of rates where ratepayers can demonstrate hardship.
Rates, which continue to be overdue, are referred to a collection agency for collection. The debt collection agency charges collection fees which are recoverable from the ratepayer. When the Council receives a payment in respect of overdue rates the Council applies the money received as follows:
The Local Government Act provides that a Council may sell any property where the rates have been in arrears for three years or more. The Council is required to notify the owner of the land of its intention to sell the land, provide the owner with details of the outstanding amounts, and advise the owner of it's intention to sell the land if payment of the outstanding amount is not received within one month.
Pursuant to Section 171(5) of the Local Government Act 1999, a rate cannot be challenged on the basis of non-compliance with this policy and must be paid in accordance with the required payment provisions.