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8000 may be eligible for rates relief

Media Release
17 August 2006


8000 may be eligible for rates relief

Waitakere City Council has received 930 rate rebate applications but Councillor Derek Battersby urges residents who think they may be eligible to check with the council.

The council and Department of Internal Affairs estimate that around 8000 Waitakere residents may be eligible for a rebate of up to $500 per year on their rates bill.

The income threshold to qualify for a rebate varies depending on individual situations – information on whether or not residents qualify, can be obtained from the council’s 24 hour call centre on 839 0400.

”The council is promoting the rates rebate scheme to ease the rates burden on super annuitants and low income families. The 930 applications we have received so far are only a small portion of those that may be eligible, says Councillor Battersby.

“So, I encourage residents to phone our Call Centre if they believe they may be eligible for a rebate,” he says.

Forms are also available from all city libraries.

ENDS

For more information call 839 0400 or see www.waitakere.govt.nz or www.dia.govt.nz.

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