Centrepay has been a topic brought before the Mid-Western Regional Council, and once again the councillors have declined to implement the system in Mudgee.
Centrepay is an optional add-on to Centrelink accounts that allows deductions to be made to Council directly from a ratepayer’s Centrelink payment.
Because this cuts out the Centrelink account holder as a ‘middle-man’, it can make sure that bills are paid on time to providers.
However, the council refused the movement from Deputy Mayor Paul Cavalier, because of a lack of ability to have debt collection reinbursed through the ratepayer, which means that council would have to cover the high 10% transaction fee.
However, council officers may continue to carry out community consultation on the rate notice in the future, to ascertain whether Centrepay for ratepayers may be an option.