$20 Million Owed To Suva City Council

Newly-appointed special administrator for the Suva City Council Isikeli Tikoduadua says these are rates that have accumulated over the years
03 Oct 2019 13:36
$20 Million Owed To Suva City Council
An aerial shot of Suva city. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Suva City Council is owed $20 million in city rates, says chair of the special administrator team for Suva and Lami, Isikeli Tikoduadua.

This are rates that have accumulated over the years. Twenty per cent is regarded as serious defaulters.

Mr Tikoduadua said the SCC would consider making the hard decisions.

“That is quite a substantive amount. Our first job right now is finding out why and then how are we going to recover that amount,” he said.

“If we are going to have to make some hard decisions, we have to do it. It is not fair to the ratepayers who have faithfully paid their rate.

“Yet we are providing the same service to the ones that have paid and to the ones that have not.

Under the law, the SCC has the powers to sell properties belonging to the defaulters under the garnishee act.

Over the years, SCC has sold only one such property to gather its rates.

According to SCC, if everyone paid the rates, they would collect in excess of $13m annually. Last year, around $12m was collected in rates.

The amnesty given to pay rates is also over, however, this strategy could be used again to collect what is due to the city.

Mr Tikoduadua said the SCC wants to improve its service and to do that they require the rates to be paid.

Rates and rent from SCC property is the SCC’s source of income

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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