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Thousands Missing Rebate

4 September 2006

Thousands Missing Rebate

Thousands of people in Hastings District may be missing out on money they are entitled to, according to Ross Franklin, Hastings District Council Corporate Services Manager.

Of the 4000 ratepayers in the district eligible for a government rebate on the rates they pay, only 1300 have applied.

Ross Franklin believes the lack of applications may be down to a lack of understanding about the new rebate thresholds the government introduced on 1 July this year.

The maximum rates rebate has been increased from $200 to $500.

"The rebate has been advertised as applying to those earning $20,000 or less, but in actual fact some people on $30,000 or more may be eligible depending on the amount of rates they pay," said Mr Franklin.

"It is our concern that some people might not apply for the rebate because they don't think they'll get it. We have had a lot of very happy people leaving our offices having found out they are eligible for the money."

To apply for the rebate, ratepayers should call the Hastings District Council on 878 0500 or visit the offices at 207 Lyndon Road in Hastings. Applicants will need proof of their income and their rates notice. There is an easy to use calculator on the Hastings District Council website, www.hastingsdc.govt.nz .


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