Final reminder for a rates rebate
Depending on your income, you may qualify for a rates rebate of up to $550, but time is running out, it must be claimed by 30 June 2010.
If you haven’t already applied in this rates year (1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010) you will need to do so before the cut-off date on Wednesday 30 June 2010.
All you need to do is bring in your income details for the year ended 31 March 2009. Customer service staff will work out the rebate for you. If you can’t make it in to us, contact us and we can come out to you.
Over the past 11 months, 1750 households have successfully applied for a rates rebate in the Gisborne district, saving eligible households up to $550 off their rates bill. That is worth $900,000 to the district.
The rates rebate is a government scheme which provides assistance to low-income earners. Those who haven’t already applied or reapplied for their rebate this year only have until 30 June 2010 to do so. The Department of Internal affairs who process the rebates won’t accept any late applications.
Council's senior rates officer Fiona Scragg says all ratepayers need to do is bring in accurate details of what they earned in the year ending 31 March 2009 to customer services in Fitzherbert Street or Te Puia Springs. “Staff will work out if people are entitled to a rebate, and if so, how much. We can send someone out to peoples homes for those ratepayers who are unable to come in. Anyone can ring Customer Services for more information or look on the website.”
“This is such a help to low income families in this district we want to make sure that anyone eligible is aware of the scheme and getting their applications in on time. I really don’t want anyone to miss out. We have received a similar number of applications as last year and hope to receive more as a result of a information sessions held in Te Araroa and Ruatoria on Wednesday.”