Alternative Payment Arrangements
Council provides that any ratepayer who may, or is likely to experience difficulty with meeting the standard rate payment arrangement may contact Council to discuss options for alternative payment arrangements. Such enquiries are treated confidentially.
Rates will be overdue if they have not been paid on or before the "Last Day to Pay' shown on the front of each rate notice. A fine of 2% will then be applied to the amount due. Every month thereafter interest will be charged on the total amount in arrears. The Council issues an overdue notice of rates when rates are unpaid by the due date. Should rates remain unpaid more than 30 days after the issue of the overdue account then the Council refers the debt to a debt collection agency. The debt collection agency charges collection fees that are recoverable from the ratepayer.
A Concession can only apply for your principal place of residence.
Postponement of Rates
Recent changes to the Local Government Act provide the option for State Seniors Card holders to apply to postpone, on a long-term basis, part of their Council rates. The deferred amount is subject to a monthly interest charge, with the accrued debt being payable on the disposal or sale of the property. However, the debt may be paid at any earlier time at the ratepayer's discretion. A ratepayer who holds, or is in the process of applying for a State Seniors Card may apply for postponement of a portion of the Council rates payable on property they own or are buying. This applies if it is their principal place of residence. It is also a requirement that no other person other than their spouse has an interest as owner of the property. Please telephone the Rates Department on (08) 8366 9206 to discuss your application and lodge your application form. This will provide an opportunity for you to obtain more information about the Postponement of Rates Scheme and the conditions that will apply, and for any questions or concerns you might have to be discussed.
For more information, download the fact sheet or download the Postponment of Rates for Seniors Application Form. Further information about the Postponement of Rates for Seniors Scheme is available on line at http://www.localgovt.sa.gov.au/seniors.