Saturday, September 18, 2021

New look rates notices for Townsville

Townsville ratepayers will receive a new look rates notice in their mailbox or inbox this August.

City of Townsville Council says the new notices will provide a breakdown of charges for rates, utilities, State Government levies, and eligible concessions.

Business Services and Finance Committee chairperson, Margie Ryder said that the new look notices would help ratepayers with more information so they know exactly what services they are paying for.

“There is a common misconception that Townsville has some of the highest rates in Queensland, which is simply not true,” said Cr Ryder.

“Different councils invoice their rates and utility charges differently. In Townsville you are billed for your utilities like water, waste and wastewater in the same bill as your general rates. You receive this bill twice a year.

“Elsewhere, in cities like Brisbane, ratepayers receive a separate rates bills for the general rates and waste charges four times a year from Council and an additional bill for their water and sewerage charges four times a year from an independent utility provider.

“Council’s new look notices will separate which portion is rates, what is being charged for utilities, and how much is going to State Government levies.”

For more information, or to register for eNotices, visit Council’s payments page.

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