Council rates notices and rates relief reminder for ratepayers

From Monday 18 May, Brimbank ratepayers will receive their next Council rates notice in the mail, which will include key information on Council’s Financial Hardship Policy, offering rates relief and assistance for eligible ratepayers.

Brimbank Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou is encouraging ratepayers to look out for the fact sheet and information on Council’s hardship policy that’s being sent out with their rates notice in May.

‘We recognise that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will cause unexpected financial hardship for many members of our community.

‘We know our diverse community is particularly vulnerable to the economic effects of a prolonged pandemic and business shutdown, and we want to be fair and understanding during this unprecedented time.

‘That’s why Council is working to ease financial pressure on local businesses and ratepayers doing it tough due to the coronavirus crisis, by offering rates relief for those affected.

‘These new measures are intended to offer additional financial relief for residents, businesses and sporting and recreation clubs, and help our community to get back on its feet,’ Cr Papafotiou said.

Council’s new COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy offers ratepayers options to apply for rates deferrals until June 2021 without interest, or going on a payment plan. This allows people extra time for the debt to be paid without interest.

Council has also extended the 4th instalment payment due date to 26 June 2020 (from 31 May 2020) giving ratepayers extra time to manage payments.

Council is encouraging residents and businesses to set up a payment plan with Council, tailored to their needs, to help reduce the amount of debt they owe after the pandemic has passed.

‘I urge residents to read through the extra information we are providing in the rates notice. This will help explain how best to access the rates relief measures available to them.

‘All ratepayers are eligible to apply for relief assistance, including individuals, businesses and sporting and recreation clubs, who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

‘I would like to reaffirm Council’s commitment to working with all our community, to assist in overcoming many challenges of COVID-19. I encourage ratepayers to speak to our staff and work out a sustainable plan that is right for them,’ Cr Papafotiou said.

Applications for financial hardship must be made in writing to Council’s revenue department. For more information, or to apply, visit Council’s website www.brimbank.vic.gov.au or call our Customer Service Centre on 9249 4000 for further advice and assistance.