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Update 1 April 2020

Released on 01 April 2020
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Update 1 April 2020

City of Salisbury to provide support for ratepayers

City of Salisbury will adopt a range of measures to support our residential and business communities during the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and throughout the forthcoming recovery period.

At a special meeting held earlier this evening (Wednesday, 1 April) Council moved to take a number of immediate actions in response to COVID-19 including:

  • Implementing Rate Payment Deferral for those ratepayers experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 so that the latest date for payment for the Fourth Quarter 2019/20 and the First Quarter 2020/21 is deferred to 1 December 2020. Fines for late payment will be waived during this time.
  • Developing a 2020/21 Draft Annual Plan and Budget which has a zero per cent rate increase (excluding growth) and no increase to fees and charges.
  • Initiating a COVID-19 Infrastructure Recovery Program which would see a total capital of $100 million spent across the next two financial years.
  • Extending the existing Hardship Policy to incorporate businesses and offer greater support for ratepayers.
  • Taking a flexible approach to timed parking restrictions where appropriate to allow residents to continue to access local businesses.

The measures come on the back of Council’s decision last week to waive lease fees for sporting and community clubs between April and June.

Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM said the City of Salisbury was committed to easing the financial pressure placed on ratepayers by the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“These measures are focused on supporting all parts of our community during what is an uncertain and difficult time for everybody,” Mayor Aldridge said.

“We are continuing to investigate ways in which we can further look after those within our community who are experiencing disadvantage as a result of COVID-19.”