Financial hardship measures in place

rate reliefCentral Coast Council has announced it may provide interest waivers on outstanding accounts until August 31, 2020.

Relief is at hand for ratepayers impacted by COVID-19 as quarterly rate bills land in letterboxes all over the region.

Central Coast Council is reminding residents that it has put financial hardship measures in place to help support the community during the pandemic.

Council will provide interest waivers on outstanding accounts until August 31 for those home owners who have been impacted.

Council has also halted debt recovery activities until May 31 and is offering hardship payment arrangements to allow ratepayers to organise payment plans over longer periods of time.

Eligible pensioners are also provided with rebates on their rates notices and water accounts.

Chief Executive Officer, Gary Murphy, said Council understands that many people are experiencing sudden financial difficulties arising from an unprecedented situation.

“We know that people have had their regular work and income impacted, and these measures are one way that Council can ease financial pressures on our residents,” Murphy said.

Mayor, Lisa Matthews, said that while Council is prioritising community safety, it is dedicating resources to help local businesses and residents withstand the financial effects of the pandemic.

“While this quarter’s rates notices are being issued as part of our regular financial management, I want to assure the community that we are understanding of the hardships that many are experiencing and we will be providing flexibility and financial assistance to support our residents,” Cr Matthews said.


Media release, Apr 30

Central Coast Council