THE Sigatoka Town Council has collected over $230,000 in rates from its residential and commercial ratepayers at the end of the second quarter for 2012.
According to the council's chief executive officer Anand Pillay, residential ratepayers paid the council a total of $19,380.17 while commercial ratepayers paid a total of $216,159.20.
"The total being $236,159.20 for our second quarter for this year," he said.
Mr Pillay said of their total revenue so far, 7 per cent was paid by the residents while 13 per cent was paid by the commercial ratepayers.
"With the money we have collected we've managed to collect 80 per cent of our total annual revenue."
However, the council says there was a large amount of outstanding arrears.
"Our total arrears is at 80.42 per cent. That's $29,147.88.
"Our residents make up most of our arrears. They have yet to pay $26,301.06 while our commercial ratepayers have yet to pay $2,846.82," he said.
Mr Pillay said they had strategies in place to encourage ratepayers to pay off their arrears.
He also confirmed that auditors have been at the council office this week reviewing revenue and accounts.