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Ratepayers Owe Councils $31.63 Milllion

A sum of $31.63m is owed to town and city councils by ratepayers as of December 2018, says Premila Kumar. The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and
09 Jan 2019 10:00
Ratepayers Owe Councils $31.63 Milllion
Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar. Photo: DEPTFO News

A sum of $31.63m is owed to town and city councils by ratepayers as of December 2018, says Premila Kumar.

The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development said the Suva City Council topped the list with $16.7m in arrears followed by Nasinu Town Council with $7.65m yet to be recovered in rates.

The Nausori Town Council is in arrears of $2.01m and Lautoka City Council is owed $1.571m.

In light of this, Ms Kumar has urged ratepayers to clear their dues with the various town and city councils.

“Timely payment of rates to the councils is important for the delivery of services and for the capital works projects,” Ms Kumar said.

“When rates are not paid the councils finances are affected, which can adversely affect planned capital works projects based on the financial projection.”

She advised ratepayers who were facing difficulties in paying the town and city rates to liaise with the relevant municipal councils.

“Ratepayers facing difficulties to pay rates can opt for flexible payment arrangements offered by municipal councils,” she added.

See (in table) breakdown of the sum owed to the various town and city councils as of December last year in comparison with the figures from 2008 provided by the ministry.

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Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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