Penalty charges for late payment of April rates instalment to be waived

The Devonport City Council’s COVID-19 Response Committee yesterday resolved to implement a range of immediate relief measures to assist individuals, businesses and community groups.

These measures include:

  • Late payment of April 30 rates instalment to incur no penalties if paid by June 30
  • Expand suspension of Council car parks and street meter fees to include parking permit holders
  • Waive ground fees to sporting clubs until further notice
  • Council to pay suppliers within 14 days to improve business cash flow

Committee chairperson Cr Leon Perry said Council understood the downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic was putting a strain on the household budgets of many in its community.

“We, along with significant Federal and State Government stimuli, are working methodically to alleviate hardship,” he said.

“Council provides many essential services to the community – from rubbish and recycling collections, through to cleaning our streets and gutters, and fixing our roads and footpaths – and all these services come at a cost.

“Our frontline staff are continuing to work through the challenges of this pandemic” Cr Perry added.

The Mayor, Annette Rockliff, urged any resident experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, to reach out to Council to discuss the various payment options available to assist them.

“Council, through the Local Government Association of Tasmania, is working on a Statewide Hardship Policy, however in the short-term ratepayers have the option of entering into longer-term payment plans,” she said.

Cr Rockliff said Council was continuing to monitor the latest health advice and any changes to its operations would be shared with the community across its website and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

 ENDS

Media Contact
Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer Devonport City Council
03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |ntapp@devonport.tas.gov.au

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