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NCC takes rates service off-site

Napier City Council staff speak with Princess Alexandra residents about rates.Napier City Council staff made their annual trip to Princess Alexandra Retirement Village in Ahuriri yesterday (26 August) to help residents complete their rates rebate applications.

The Rates Rebates Scheme was established in the early 1970s by central Government to help low income home owners and ratepayers meet the cost of rates.

Applications for rates rebates are made through territorial authorities which are then reimbursed by central Government.

“We realised not everyone found it easy to come in to Council to fill out an application, so we decided to go to them,” said Rates Supervisor Beth Postlewaight.

“From past experience we know many people apply for a rebate as soon as possible, so given there are quite a number of people living at this particular village who may qualify for a rebate, we’re saving them the trip. We look on it as a special service to this part of our community,” she said.

Acting Village Manager Jodie Dunn says those Princess Alexandra Retirement Village residents the rebate applied to really appreciated the gesture.

For 2015/16, residential ratepayers who earned up to $24,440 in 2014/15 could be eligible for a rebate of up to $610, while others earning more might also qualify, depending on their rates amount (including Hawke’s Bay Regional Council) and the number of dependants living with them.

For more information, visit www.ratesrebates.govt.nz or contact Napier City Council on 06 834 4197.

1 September 2015

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