2 Jun 2010

Default ratepayers in Fiji's capital risk losing property and business says council

11:19 am on 2 June 2010

In Fiji, default ratepayers of Suva risk losing their properties and businesses if they continue to neglect payment warnings put out by the Suva City Council.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation says the Council is taking new measures against defaulting ratepayers to speed up the recovery of rates owed to the council for almost ten years.

The special administrator for the council, Chandu Umaria, says almost one million US dollars in city rates for 2010 is yet to be paid while the total rate arrears stands at around 6.3 million US dollars.

The SCC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with various parties to collect the rate arrears and is warning of tough measures against defaulters.