Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has announced rate notices, which were due to be served on August 1, have been delayed.
The notices were for this quarter and the DRC said the circumstances were beyond its control.
DRC’s Director of Corporate Services Craig Giffin said the DRC recognises it is important to provide ratepayers with a sufficient notice period for payment of their rate instalments and anticipates that after allowing sufficient time for posting this will not be possible if the original first instalment date of August 31 was maintained.
“There were some unexpected delays with council’s printing contractor which have resulted in the issue of the 2017-2018 Rate Notice being later than anticipated,” Mr Giffin said.
As a result and in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1993, payment of the first instalment, which is traditionally due for payment by August 31 is now extended to November 30, to coincide with the due date for the second rate instalment.
Both payments will now be due on November 30.
“If you pay your quarterly rate instalment by deduction from your bank account on the instalment due date, the first instalment and second instalment will be deducted from your nominated bank account on November 30, 2017,” Mr Giffin said.
Ratepayers can choose to make payment of their first instalment on August 31, 2017, or at any time before November 30, 2017, or to make regular payments towards their rates and charges via any of the payment options listed on the rate notice.
Ratepayers are reminded that they will need to update council’s automated payee details with new Biller Codes and reference numbers applicable for payments via BPAY or Australia Post.
“For ratepayers who pay by periodical direct debit (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) your regular deductions will continue to occur as per the terms of your direct debit agreement,” Mr Giffin said.
“Please be aware that the extension for payment of the first instalment does not apply to any arrears outstanding which are now due for payment,” Mr Giffin said.