Rate payment deferral for flood-impacted residents

Central Coast Council are still continuing the flood clean up efforts. Photo captured at Tuggerah Lakes.

Central Coast residents with flood-impacted properties will be given an extra two months to pay their first 2022/23 rate instalment.

Central Coast Council Administrator, Rik Hart, said the deferral was being offered to residents with properties listed under the SES rapid damage assessment.

“We anticipate this offer will benefit around 1000 property owners on the Central Coast who have been directly impacted by the recent floods in July 2022,” Hart said.

“It has been an extremely challenging time for many on the Coast, particularly for those who the SES has recognised as having significant damage to their properties.

“We hope that by offering this rate payment deferral, it will help relieve some of the pressure on these community members.”

Council received the necessary data on eligible properties from the Rapid Damage Assessment process undertaken by SES, RFS and ADF and will be issuing a letter to eligible ratepayers confirming the two-month extension (with no accrued interest).

Council recently adopted its 2022/23 budget that reflects zero increases to the domestic waste management services for most customers, a one per cent increase in general rates, and a program of staggering increases to water and sewer service charges.

Council wishes to remind ratepayers that it also has a financial hardship assistance program for property owners having difficulty in paying their rates.

For more information, search ‘rebates and hardship assistance’ at centralcoast.nsw.gov.au.

Verified source: Central Coast Council

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