Georges River Council extends rebate on rates to eligible Kogarah pensioners

05/07/2016

Council Administrator John Rayner announced today that Georges River Council is extending the voluntary pensioner rebate scheme so that it applies to all current eligible pensioners within Council’s local government area (LGA).

Mr Rayner said that pensioners throughout the local area should welcome this change and it will provide a more equitable method of dealing with the pensioner rebate scheme across Council.

“This is one of the early benefits which has followed the merger of the former Hurstville and Kogarah City Councils,” he said.

“The former Hurstville City Council provided a Voluntary Pensioner Rebate in addition to the mandatory statutory rebate on rates for eligible pensioners.

“Through savings already made since the merger, this additional rebate will now be available to 3,300 eligible pensioners in the former Kogarah City Council area.

“The combined value of these rate rebates is estimated at $620,000. There are currently 9,000 eligible pensioners in our community who will be able to access this benefit.

“The voluntary rates rebate benefits pensioners by an additional $75 per rates assessment, bringing the total rebate value to $325 per eligible household per rates assessment.

“That amount of money is a considerable saving to many older people in our area and will greatly assist those who are on a limited income.”

This extension to the pensioner rebate scheme will take effect from this financial year.

Pensioners applying for both mandatory and voluntary rebates must be owner-occupiers to be eligible for the rates rebate.

For more information about this initiative contact Council on 9330 6400.