Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has adopted its Revised Debt Recovery Policy. The draft policy was placed on public exhibition earlier this year and no submissions were received.
“Council is required to review and adjust policies from time to time to ensure that they are up-to-date and meet current legislative requirements,” said LPSC Deputy Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins.
“The objective of the policy is to ensure the collection of rates, charges and debtors are carried out in a transparent manner that complies with the Local Government Act and Section 60 of the Trade Practices Act,” he said.
“While Council has an obligation to increase its cash flow while reducing outstanding debts, the policy is designed to provide the flexibility to manage Council debt in a sensitive manner and at minimal expense to both Council and the respective debtor. This is important because Council has no desire to make things harder for people.
“In fact, quite the opposite, which is why I encourage people who may be experiencing difficulty paying rates and charges to get in touch with Council as soon as possible to work out a payment plan.” he continued.
“Changes to legislation no longer provide for an interest free period for outstanding rates and charges. To help remind people with outstanding rates and charges to contact Council, after 7 days of an instalment being due a reminder notification will be issued. 7 days grace is given for electronic payments paid but not received. This is the time to contact Council if you are experiencing difficulty because following this Council has an obligation to send a final reminder which if not responded to in 7 days will result in legal action being initiated to recover the debt along with any statutory interest and legal charges,” he said
“Why is it important to pay your rates in a timely manner? The money is part of what Council has to budget towards maintaining and improving services and facilities for the whole community. These services include community services, sporting and recreation services, road repairs, environmental planning, public health, environmental protection, waste collection, treatment and disposal, water and sewer,” he continued.
“So please, if you’re having problems contact Council as soon as possible on 6746 1755 so that Council can discuss other options that may be available to help you,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.