Late rates rip-off

IN THE information supplied by our shire in this month’s rate notices is advice that under local government law, overdue rates will be charged interest at 11 per cent per annum calculated on a daily overdue balance.
This is exorbitant given that the very best interest rates available in the current economic environment are around three per cent.
Even if people in financial difficulty take up the shire’s offer to “tailor an individual payment arrangement to suit your financial needs”, slugging them an extra $70 for the privilege is not helpful.
If a ratepayer is already in financial difficulty how can this action help them?
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