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No More Amnesty Period For Ratepayers, Says Minister

She said some councils such as Suva and Lautoka were owed millions of dollars and setting up an amnesty period meant an easy getaway for those who did not pay their rates on time.
10 Dec 2019 12:35
No More Amnesty Period For Ratepayers, Says Minister
Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Coounity Development Premila Kumar outside Parliament on November 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Municipal councils will no longer provide amnesty periods for those ratepayers who owe the council their dues.

That’s the directive given from the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar, to the special administrators during a forum in Lami yesterday.

Ms Kumar said amnesty period did not bring any benefit to those ratepayers who are up to date with their dues.

She said some councils such as Suva and Lautoka were owed millions of dollars and setting up an amnesty period meant an easy getaway for those who did not pay their rates on time.

“Our main aim for municipal councils is to make your councils financial sustainable. Your revenue should exceed the expenditure. We need to create a level playing field for all ratepayers and I think it has always been easy just to declare an amnesty period,” she said.

The councils are also undertaking a rate profiling exercise that will assist them to understand and respond to the needs of the ratepayers better.

Meanwhile, from 2020, municipal councils will also be carrying out the valuation exercises.

“This valuation exercise should be undertaken every six years. There are certain municipal councils where rates haven’t been increased for the last 20 years,” she said.

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