FIJIANS in municipalities around the country will be able to save on their town and city rates in 2014 as the government works to put more money in the hands of the people.
For the first time, the government says that these uniform cuts will apply around the country.
The initiative announced yesterday by the Minister for Local Government and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will allow all Fijians to save 10 per cent on their municipal rates, provided they are settled in full by January 31, 2014.
"To take advantage of the full 10 per cent discount, the rates, including any arrears, must be paid by January 31, 2014," the government said.
"Those who file by February 28th, 2014 will receive a 5 per cent discount."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the savings would be the same regardless of the municipality the ratepayer resided in.
"This initiative puts money back in the pockets of ratepayers who can pay early, benefiting those Fijian families, regardless of where they live," he said.
"The savings are consistent in every municipality in the country.
"We encourage ratepayers to pay early in order to reap the full benefit."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also noted that just as the discount puts money back into the hands of Fijians, it also boosts Fijian businesses as the extra money is pumped back into the economy through consumer spending.
In 2014, municipalities plan to focus spending on providing Fijians essential local services.