Central Australian ratepayers will be granted a reprieve in the face of the COVID-19 crises, with Alice Springs Town Council granting a five per cent rate reduction for the next financial year.
Council’s 2020/2021 budget will see rates reduced by five per cent on residential properties, while the following financial year, 2021/2022, will see a rate rise freeze meaning residents are guaranteed to pay the same amount for the next two consecutive financial years.
Council voted in the changes at its ordinary meeting earlier this week.
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Alice Springs business owners will also benefit from the changes, with rates also frozen for business and commercial property in 2020/2021 and 2021/2022.
Other incentives introduced by council include a sports and recreation fund worth $100,000 to support local sporting associations and a new COVID-19 hardship concession plan for business operators and commercial property owners.
Council will also budget for a second fortnightly curb-side waste pick up for additional waste and green waste at no additional cost to ratepayers.
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