Council has extended rate relief options for Barossa ratepayers impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
People who have become unemployed or experienced business failure or hardship can now apply to defer outstanding 2020-21 rates and charges until 31 January 2021, without any fines or charges. This also applies to other accrued years’ balances.
Mayor Bim Lange said Council saw a clear need to extend rate payment deferral beyond the initial six months.
“Now the impacts of Covid-19 are better known, we felt there was a strong case for extending hardship provisions and that a rapid response was needed,” he said.
"This complements a range of economic and community rebuilding measures in our Barossa Covid-19 Recovery Plan that collectively will help our community get back on their feet.
“We feel this is a socially responsible decision that is possible because of Council’s strong financial position.”
So far Council has received applications for rate relief across a range of rateable assessments including residential, commercial, B&Bs and primary production.
Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.