Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson encourages rate payers to take the early-bird discount
Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson encourages rate payers to take the early-bird discount Kristy Muir

Early birds council rates discount deal

HALF-yearly rates notices are on the way to 130,000 Sunshine Coast properties, delivering with them almost $17 worth of carbon tax rebate.

The $16.91 rebate should ensure that increases on July 2014 rates will be restricted to $1.65 for most rate payers.

This first rate run of the 2015/16 financial year has retained the pensioner discount, along with the early bird discount, while the $20 transport , $60 environment and $5 heritage levies have all been retained.

"A standard 240 litre wheelie bin will increase by $6.90 per annum and the Tourism and Major Events Levy - charged to 10% of ratepayers - has risen by 10%," Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson said.

"As this is a six-monthly rates notice, residents will see half those amounts in this rates issue."

Cr Thompson encouraged residents to take advantage of the early discounts available.

"The early bird discount also applies and ratepayers can save 5% on their general rates, up to a maximum of $100 each six months, by paying before the due date.

HOW TO PAY:

  • Online at any time of the day through council's website, via the Online Payments link on the homepage;
  • Via BPAY if registered with your financial institution;
  • By phone, from anywhere in Australia using a credit card, on 131 816;
  • In person at any branch of Australia Post, with cash, cheque or EFTPOS;
  • In person at one of council's Customer Contact Centres open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (locations listed on the bottom of your rates notice);
  • By mail using cheque or money order to Sunshine Coast, Locked Bag 72, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre 4560