In recognition of the challenges residents with flood impacted properties on the Central Coast are facing, Central Coast Council is offering an extra two months (with no interest) to pay their first 2022/23 rate instalment.
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 1,000 property owners who have been directly impacted by the recent floods in July 2022,” he 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,” Hart said.
Council received the necessary data on eligible properties from the Rapid Damage Assessment process undertaken by SES, with support from Rural Fire Service and the Australian Defence Force.
Based on this information, Council will be issuing a letter to eligible ratepayers confirming the two-month extension time to pay. No action is required by these ratepayers.
Council recently adopted its 2022/23 budget that reflects zero increases to the domestic waste management services for most customers, a one percent increase in general rates, as well as a program of staggered increases to water and sewer service charges.
Council also has a financial hardship assistance program for property owners having difficulty in paying their rates.
Media release, July 28
Central Coast Council