Pensioner rebates on table

A voluntary rates rebate for Parramatta pensioners would remain at $100 a year under a proposal that is open for your comments.

Formerly under City of Parramatta Council, 1,450 pensioners who’d lived in the area for more than five years received a $100 rebate. Under the proposal, that would continue for those pensioners, with new pensioners and former ineligible pensioners receiving the $25 rebate.

These rebates are in addition to the legislated $250 a year rebate set by the state government.

“We aim to bring fairness and balance as we continue to harmonise three rates systems that existed under the old councils,” Mayor Steve Christou said.

“At a cost of $133,000 a year, the pensioner rebates help support some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Our senior citizens and their wellbeing is of vital importance to us,” he said.

The former Holroyd City Council offered 5,088 pensioners a $15 rebate. Auburn City Council’s 2,934 pensioners received no additional rebate.

The rebate applies to property owners with a pensioner card issued by Centrelink which includes aged and disability pensioners.

Visit our website to read the full proposal and leave your comment: https://haveyoursay.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/pensioner-rebate

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