Apology for Shoalhaven rates delay but no extension

Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash.
Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash.

Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash says Shoalhaven ratepayers will not be getting an extension to the deadline for paying rates, despite a delay in the posting of the June rates notices.

The rates notices, which include Shoalhaven council's highly sought-after tip vouchers, were due to be distributed on Thursday, July 24.

However, due to delays with the council's contracted courier service, the final notices were not mailed until Wednesday, July 30.

Cr Gash said the council had a legislative requirement to send the rates notices by August 1 and the council's contractor had sent the notices under priority posting following the delays.

Cr Gash said, while she was disappointed with the delay, the council had still met all legislative requirements, meaning there would be no extension.

"Council would like to apologise for this unnecessary delay in the posting of the June rates notices," Cr Gash said.

"The required information was with the contractors prior to the lodgment deadline. However, due to this series of delays, which were beyond council's power to control, the notices were delivered six days later than intended."

Cr Gash said the council had been pleased with the contractor the previous three years.

However, Shoalhaven councillor Andrew Guile said it was worth noting the section of the council that handled the collection of rates had seen staffing almost completely turned over as part of the council "Transformation".

"I do hope that there is no connection between this situation and the changes, but it is something I have raised with the general manager in challenging his glowing assessment of the 'Transformation' results," Cr Guile said.


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