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Council hopes for full payment

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TAVUA Town Council chief executive officer Tulsi Ram is hopeful the council will receive about hundred per cent in rate payments this year.

This is after government implemented a 10 per cent discount in rates for the month of January while a further five per cent would be reduced in February.

Mr Ram said the council had started handing out default notices to ratepayers.

"We have a total of a 247 ratepayers in Tavua and while that might seem like a very little amount, it is still enough for the council to get about hundred per cent of our payments," he said.

"We have always been very fortunate in Tavua because we are a small town, our annual rate payments have always been about a hundred per cent."

He said the council was confident it would achieve similar figures this year.

"We are very hopeful and confident because this has been made possible with the discounts offered by government to every ratepayer in the country.

"We are thankful to government because this will allow us to collect the rates in a timely manner and people are rushing to take advantage of the discounts."

The CEO said the council expected most of the ratepayers to pay off their dues by the end of February.

Meanwhile, the council has also made its submissions to the Ministry of Local Government for funding of projects.

"Our ministry was given a $3million funding for this year, so we have made our submissions to government to help us finance our projects."