Pensioners learn of rates deferment scheme



MORE than 1000 pensioners receiving $220,000 in pensioner remissions were putting a burden on other Calliope shire ratepayers.

Calliope Shire Council council was told this rate was growing rapidly each year as the ``baby boomer'' generation moved into retirement, making the current level of rate remissions increasingly unsustainable.

At its recent meeting Crs Warren Dinte and Carolyn Vickery reported on discussions with members of the Tannum Sands Pensioners and Superannuation League about council's proposed pensioner rate deferment scheme.

They said most of the pensioners attending the meeting had grasped the concept of the scheme.

Cr Dinte said the pensioners were told the current scheme put an additional financial burden on other ratepayers who had to pay more in rates as a result.

Some of these ratepayers were in a similar financial circumstances as pensioners _ that is, they were on limited incomes, on unemployment benefits or were casually employed _ but, unlike pensioners, had no access to rate relief.

It was also pointed out the requirement for eligibility for a pension had also changed, making more people eligible to receive pensions, placing additional financial burdens on pensioner remission schemes.

At its meeting council decided to more fully explain the deferment scheme.



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