Council rates are due quarterly in September, December, March and June of each year and are payable in four approximately equal instalments. You may elect to pay any instalment in advance.
Method of Paying Rates
Council offers many different options in which you may pay your rates. These include the following:
Payment may be made at any Australia Post Office with a "One Stop Bill Pay" service. Present the notice at the Post Office.
To make payment via the internet click here. You will need the assessment number shown on the notice, the amount you wish to pay and your credit card details.
Payment by Telephone Credit Card
Call (08) 8580 3000. You will need the assessment number shown on the front of the notice, the amount you wish to pay and your credit card details. Council accepts Visa and Mastercard credit cards.
Payment may be made through your financial institution using Bpay. Contact your Financial Institution to make this payment from your cheque, savings or credit card account. See front of notice for Bpay biller code and reference numbers.
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Centrepay is a direct bill paying service offered to customers receiving payments from Centrelink. The rate payment is deducted from your Centrelink payment before it goes into your bank. The minimum payment amount is $10 per fortnight. Call Centrelink on your normal payment number or register online. Forms are also available from Council.
Make cheque payable to: Renmark Paringa Council and mark 'Not Negotiable'. Mail payments with tear-off slip attached to: Renmark Paringa Council, PO Box 730, Renmark, SA, 5341.
Present the notice at the Civic and Community Centre, Renmark Paringa Council, 61 Eighteenth St, Renmark, SA 5341. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are available.
To avoid fines, payment must be received on or before the due date.
Any ratepayer who may, or is likely to, experience difficulty with meeting the standard payment arrangements is invited to contact Council on 8580 3000 to discuss alternative payment arrangements. Such enquiries are treated confidentially by the Council.
Further information about these payment options can be found on the back page of your rates notice.
Rebate of Rates
The Local Government Act requires Councils to rebate the rates payable for certain land uses. This includes land used for health and community services, religious purposes, cemeteries and educational institutions. The rebates vary from 75% to 100%. People or bodies seeking a rebate must make an application to Council. Information and application forms can be obtained from the Council Office at Eighteenth Street, Renmark.
Council has the power to provide discretionary rebates in certain circumstances.
All discretionary rebates are only considered on application and must be received by 31 May for consideration in the following financial year.
For more information and the circumstances in which a rebate may be granted contact Council on 8580 3000.
Postponement of Rates – Hardship
Section 182 of the Local Government Act permits the Council, on the application of the ratepayer, to partially or wholly remit rates or to postpone rates, on the basis of hardship. Where the ratepayer is suffering hardship in paying rates they are invited to contact the Council’s Rates Officer on 8580 3000 to discuss the matter. Council treats such inquiries confidentially.
Postponement of Rates – Seniors
Application may be made to Council for a postponement of the payment of any amount of rates in excess of $500.00, for the current or a future financial year by:
- A ratepayer who holds a current State Seniors Card issued by the State Government, (prescribed ratepayer) or spouse of a prescribed ratepayer, and
- Where the rates are payable on the principal place of residence, and
- Where the land is owned by the prescribed ratepayer, or the prescribed ratepayer and his or her spouse, and no other person has an interest, as owner, in the land.
Any rates which are postponed will become due and payable:
- When the title to the land is transferred to another person; or
- There is a failure to comply with a condition of postponement.
Interest will accrue on the amount postponed at the prescribed rate per month until the full amount is paid. Postponement is available as a right and can only be refused when the applicant/s has less than 50% equity in the property.
Change of Address
Please advise Council, in writing, immediately if your details have changed.