New Financial Hardship Policy

30th June 2020
Council announces a Financial Hardship Policy to help ease the financial burden on ratepayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Kentish Council Announces Financial Hardship Policy

Struggling businesses and residents have been offered assistance through Kentish Council’s endorsement of the Financial Hardship Policy to help ease the financial burden on ratepayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentish Mayor Tim Wilson said, “Council recognises the social and financial challenges the community is facing, and that the measures that Council are putting in place will provide targeted assistance where it is needed most.”

“We are doing what we can to support our residents through this challenging situation. We realise that many in the community may be facing long-term financial hardships,” said Mayor Wilson.

Under the Policy, residents and businesses experiencing genuine and serious financial hardship paying their rates to Council will have access to flexible rate postponement plans, remission of rates, and/or remission of late payment penalties or interest.

Each case will be considered individually. Residents experiencing hardship should contact Council to discuss their circumstances.

“The Policy is designed to assist those in most need in our community,” said Mayor Wilson.

Kentish Council remains committed to ensuring the delivery of essential services such as road maintenance, high priority capital works such as the delivery of streetscapes in Wilmot and Sheffield, and the maintenance of community infrastructure such as halls and parks.

Mayor Wilson urges residents that are worried about their ability to pay rates on time to contact Council to discuss what support is available. Council is endeavouring to play its role in helping the community through this trying time.

For further information on the Financial Hardship Policy Kentish residents should contact Kentish Council on 6491 0200 or council@kentish.tas.gov.au