29 June, 2022
Douglas eases cost of living on pensioners
PENSIONERS in the Douglas Shire will get help paying their council rates under a revised rebate policy as the cost of living continues to soar.
Douglas Shire Council updated its Rates Pensioner Remission policy to allow rates assistance to be provided per eligible pensioner, per property.
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said eligible pensioners would be able to use the savings for something else they may need.
“We feel this is a common-sense policy change that helps out our local pensioners,” he said.
“The new policy provides rebates to each pensioner, per property, and will save some locals hundreds of dollars each year.”
“This will provide a little bit of relief at a time when cost of living is rising across the country.”
For the year ended 30 June 2023, the council rates pensioner remission will be granted to each ratepayer who is deemed to be a “pensioner” and satisfies the criteria.
No application is necessary as eligibility for rebates will be automatically processed by council officers before the next rates notice is issued in July 2022.