Pirie council supporting residents with rates assistance COVID-19

SUPPORT: Port Pirie Regional Council is offering rates assistance to residents amid coronavirus.
SUPPORT: Port Pirie Regional Council is offering rates assistance to residents amid coronavirus.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Port Pirie Regional Council will offer rates relief to residents.

At a special meeting, council introduced an initial three-month period of no fines or interest on rates payments from March 31 to June 30. Debt collection will be suspended during this time.

The decision comes after calls by the Labor party for councils to waive rates to residents who have lost their jobs.

But the council support will only offer temporary relief and will require rates to be paid eventually.

Mayor Leon Stephens hopes the support will help to relieve some financial pressures off ratepayers.

"We are keen on making sure the community is looked after and has some of the stresses of day-to-day life relieved," he said.

Council has acknowledged the rapidly changing nature of the crisis and will review the proposed arrangement to determine if further assistance is needed after June 30.

Residents who are experiencing difficulty in paying rates are encouraged to phone council offices on 8633 9777 or email rates@pirie.sa.gov.au to discuss confidential payment plans.

In the meantime, council is reviewing financial relief to clubs and organisations that pay lease and license fees for the use of council facilities.

Council will consider a report at the May meeting, but encourages those with concerns to contact staff.

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