Timelines for Rates Notices & Council Business Plan

1st September 2020

Port Pirie Regional Council has delayed the adoption of its 2020/21-2022/23 Business Plan and Budget to better understand the financial impacts of COVID-19 on our communities.

This delay also means that Council rates notices will be issued later than usual – however, residents are encouraged to budget as normal to avoid being caught out later in the financial year.

The South Australian Government has given councils the ability to delay the adoption of their Business Plan due to COVID-19. While Port Pirie Regional Council normally has released its draft Business Plan and Budget for community consultation at this time of year, Council has decided to take the opportunity to monitor the impacts of COVID-19.

This means that Council is planning to present its draft Business Plan and Budget for consultation in October 2020 so that it can be adopted in November 2020.

Under legislation, Council rates notices can only be issued once the Business Plan is adopted. Therefore, instead of quarterly notices, the first rates notice is expected to be in December 2020 with the remaining three instalments to be spread evenly between this date and June 2021.

Residents are able to make payments on their Council rates in advance should they wish. This can be done using any of the online payment methods or at Council’s Administration Centre in Ellen Street. These payments will show on the first rates notice.

Further information on the Business Plan community consultation including proposed project highlights and opportunities to have a say, will be available in the coming weeks.