Grey District Council have been looking how it can help people who are under financial pressure due to COVID-19. At its meeting on 23 April 2020, two ways in which Council could provide relief to the affected members of our community were adopted: rates postponement and rates remissions.
We are aware that for some people and businesses, payment of rates will be difficult or will cause hardship and we have put these mechanisms in place to help alleviate some of the pressure at a time which is already stressful for many. We encourage anyone facing difficulty in paying their rates to contact the Rates Department early to discuss how we might be able to help and make a plan.
Draft Rates Postponement Policy
The remission of the current instalment penalty and annual penalty and a change in due date of the current rates instalment is available for eligible people or businesses who have experienced a decrease in revenue.
Eligibility criteria is as follows:
- Loss of employment or reduction in income of more than 20%; or
- A commercial business where that business has had a minimum decline in revenue of 30% compared to the same time last year.
This will provide immediate relief to those people who need it. For more information, please read the relevant agenda item from the Council meeting below.
Agenda item - Covid-19 Rates Remission
If you wish to apply for a rates remission, please complete the online form below. Alternatively, you can print and complete the paper form and put in the dropbox outside Council's main door at 105 Tainui Street, Greymouth.
Rates remission application form