COVID-19 FINANCIAL HARDSHIP POLICY
Council agreed to renew its COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy for Rates and Sundry Debtors at its meeting on 30 June, 2021.
The policy is designed to assist community members directly impacted by COVID-19 by offering some measures of relief around the payment of rates and debtor accounts.
|Pay in one instalment||Total Payment||Due 8 September 2021|
|Pay in four instalments||1st instalment||8 September, 2021|
|2nd instalment||8 November, 2021|
|3rd instalment||10 January, 2022|
|4th instalment||14 March, 2022|
Senior Card Holders may be entitled to claim a rebate of up to 25% for rates in the 2021/22 period and will be up to 50% of the current year’s rates and Emergency Services Levy. Please contact the Water Corporation on 1300 659 951 to complete an application.
For enquiries, please contact the Shire of Dardanup Rates Department on 9724 0371 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 Council resolutions related to COVID-19
⇒ 0% increase in rates and fees for 2020/21
⇒ Suspend penalty interest on outstanding rates for 6 months
⇒ Pay the building insurance on all community leased buildings owned by Council
⇒ Undertake a review of debt recovery processes for any further measures to assist those suffering financial hardship
Council froze rates for 2020/21
Dardanup Shire Council was in the process of reviewing its long-term financial plans which proposed future rate increases to be 4 per cent per annum, when the national economy was struck a blow by the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.
Initially consideration was given to reducing the increase to only 2.5 per cent, but at its meeting last week, Council went a step further and agreed to freeze rates and fees for 20/21 with a 0 per cent increase.
This was to be followed up a year later with an increase of 3 per cent but with acknowledgement the figure might need to be reduced again depending on economic circumstances.
Format of Council Meetings was temporarily changed.
Ordinary Council Meeting, Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Social distancing measures at the time required a different approach to our scheduled Council Meeting.
This is what happened.