$9 million in municipal rate arrears, ratepayers start paying

By on April 5, 2022 0

8167 ratepayers – The number of ratepayers within the city limit of Lautoka.

An aerial view of a section of the Sugar City, Lautoka.

The amount of rate arrears due to Lautoka City Council (LCC) has decreased slightly from the last financial year.

LCC chief executive Mohammed Anees Khan said most taxpayers had returned to work and were able to make payments.

Mr Khan, however, confirmed that as of February 28, the city’s total rate arrears were around $9 million.

He said the council collected 26.88% more rate in 2021 compared to 2020.

“There are 8167 taxpayers within the city limit of Lautoka,” he said.

“For the first seven months of this fiscal year, August 2021 to February 2022, approximately 40% of current year rates and 8% of rate arrears have been collected,” he said.

In order to facilitate payment, LCC had offered a 7% discount on fares to those who had paid their fares in full before August 31, 2021.

A five percent discount was offered to those who paid in full between September 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021.

He said the LCC offers payment options such as direct payroll deduction arrangements for public servants and those who wish to choose this option.

“The LCC is also working with the Lautoka Ratepayers Association to raise awareness of available fare payment options and for effective collection of fare and arrears,” he said.

“Payment plans are also negotiated for those who wish to pay on a monthly basis.”

“LCC encourages the use of direct deposits, electronic transfers and online payments, which would avoid going to the council office.”

Mr Khan said payment details for LCC’s bank accounts at HFC Bank, Westpac and BSP had been announced and were also available on the LCC’s website.

There are also payment options available through M-PAiSA.

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