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Rates Could Go Up, Says Premila Kumar

Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar has hinted a possible increase in city and town rates in the near future.
24 Oct 2019 12:28
Rates Could Go Up, Says Premila Kumar
Minister for Local Goverment, Trade and Tourism Premila Kumar during welcome reception for Special Administrators at Holiday Inn on October 23, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar has hinted a possible increase in city and town rates in the near future.

She has also highlighted that people who will fail to pay rates will be dealt with accordingly.

In the case of increasing rates, Ms Kumar said this had not happened for a while.

“Let us talk about the rate increases which we did not have for several years. So, if we are going to have new projects for the towns and cities, that is something to take into consideration for the future,” she said.

“There is a formula that is used to calculate rates for different areas.”

$20 million is owed in rates to Suva alone. Other municipalities are facing similar problems in rate collection.

Ms Kumar said while an amnesty has been approved, once that is over, defaulters will have to face the music.

“The Cabinet has approved the amnesty period which has been extended to December 31, and after that as you can see we have a new team in place we will start enforcing the legislations, people who do not pay up, the matter will be taken to court,” she said.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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