Less than half rates waivers granted

Nearly 100 ratepayers have applied for a waiver. 223570_01

Goya Dmytryshchak

Less than half the Hobsons Bay ratepayers who applied for a rates waiver have received one this financial year to date.

Ninety eight ratepayers have applied for a waiver, the council told Star Weekly.

The council has granted 46 waivers to 17 residents and 29 businesses.

Two applications are still being decided pending documentation.

Seventeen ratepayers on JobSeeker applied for a waiver and all were granted.

Hobsons Bay ratepayers who received JobSeeker payments may be entitled to a $200 waiver on their 2020-21 rates notice.

To be eligible, the property must be residential and the ratepayer’s principal place of residence.

To apply, residents need to provide evidence of being a JobSeeker (Health Care Card or Pension Card marked with JS) in the 2020-21 financial year.

Councillors Diana Grima and Daria Kellander have taken to social media to alert resident ratepayers on JobSeeker they could be eligible for a waiver.

One Facebook user responded: “Thank you. If your post was not on Facebook, I and others would not have known about this. I actually received an email yesterday from the council advising I am entitled and have received a $200 credit on my next rates notice.”

Maribyrnong council does not provide rates waivers.