Only 38% of ratepayers in Nasinu have paid their rates in full as at 31 May 2020.
The Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar says it was concerning that in Nasinu, 80% of the total amount of rates owed is by ratepayers with debts to the Council of over $1000.
She says legal action and increased debt collection activities are being undertaken.
Kumar says ratepayers can enter into monthly payment plans with their councils and need to be proactive in establishing this easy option.
She has also acknowledged the work that has been achieved to date in particular, an increase in rate collection, significant work on rate profiling, and business processes in Suva.
Kumar says corporate entities who are not paying their rates are also being pursued and it is pleasing to see companies who understand their role as good corporate citizens are up to date with their payments.
She says rate profiling has allowed Nasinu to add 950 flats and thus raise additional garbage fees against these properties.
Illegal developments are now also being identified and targeted as a result of better rate profiling.
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