Council is proposing a new scheme to support people experiencing financial hardship as a result of epidemics, pandemics and natural disasters. It is proposed that this new scheme will be included within a new combined Rates postponement and remissions policy which will replace the existing separate policies.

The scheme would provide the ability for ratepayers whose income has been reduced by 20% or more to postpone their rates by a year, after which they will have the opportunity to convert this to a targeted rate to allow for up to an additional three years prior to repayment.  Under the proposed scheme an interest of 3.5% would apply and all rates would need to be repaid at the end of the postponement period.

The full text of the new proposed scheme can be found on icc.govt.nz

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* 1. What is your feedback on the proposed rates and remission policy?

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* 2. What are your contact details?

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* 3. Hearings are not planned for these consultations due to the challenges presented by Covid-19. While the opportunity to speak to your submission as part of this process is not legally required, Councillors are interested in hearing from you if you would like to share your views orally. Please understand though that our ability to facilitate this may depend upon circumstances.

Please indicate whether you wish to speak to your submission.

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