Wagga Wagga City Council has tonight agreed to waive and reduce various fees and charges for small businesses, residential premises and individuals in the ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic and its affect on the community.
Council recognised the considerable current and future financial impact the community is facing amid the COVID-19 situation and has approved amendments to certain 2019/20 fees and charges on a four-week basis, starting Tuesday 31 March until the end of the financial year.
The Council areas where the majority of fees and charges amendments will be focused include the Airport, Gregadoo Waste Management Centre, Finance, Environmental Health and City Development.
Council will offer assistance to property holders experiencing hardship due to COVID-19. Included (on application) is the waiving of interest on overdue rates for property holders who are deemed to be experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Along with waiving interest, Council officers will continue to offer all property holders the ability to enter into payment arrangements that suit both the property holder and Council. Property holders can contact Council’s Finance staff to discuss their account and work
together on a payment plan that is achievable in the current environment. Council also approved rent abatements for Council commercial tenants for a two-month period. A review will take place at the end of this period, from 1 June, and on a monthly basis. This was detailed in a separate confidential report to Council tonight.
Council officers are in the process of compiling a fact sheet to property holders which outline the assistance available. Property holders can contact Council’s Finance section on 1300 292 442 to discuss their account, or via email at email@example.com
RP-4 PROPOSED WAIVING OF FEES AND CHARGES & CONF-2 PROPOSED RENT
ABATEMENTS FOR COUNCIL TENANTS
Media release: Wagga City Council