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Rate Payment Amnesty Over For Suva And Lami

The amnesty lasted for almost a year and this allowed defaulters to pay back rates without the interest, which had been accumulated.
09 Jan 2020 09:41
Rate Payment Amnesty Over For Suva And Lami

Suva City Council will now be following a recovery plan to gather all the money that was still owed as rates.

Suva and Lami special administrator team chair Isikeli Tikoduadua said the amnesty period was now over, which means that people will have to pay their rate, plus the interest and arrears.

“The amnesty lasted for almost a year and this allowed defaulters to pay back rates without the interest, which had been accumulated,” he said.

“We have found that defaulters only make up 20 percent of those paying rates. The rest are good at paying their rates.

“What has allowed the defaulting to become so huge is the failure by the defaulters to pay it for long periods of time.”

According to the recovery plan, the council has a special unit looking at this.

Defaulters have been identified and the biggest defaulters would be approached first and asked to reach an agreement regarding a payment plan.

Failure to reach a payment plan or continuance defiance to pay would result in legal action.

Mr Tikoduadua said the Suva City Council and Lami Town Council had allowed time for the defaulters, but now that amnesty is over and hard line would be taken.

He said they have a number of reasons why people had not paid their rates.

He said these included people having properties and moving overseas, properties being at the centre of legal action and in some case people just not wanting to pay.

The city council are collating data to confirm total rate collection for 2019.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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