Saturday, May 31, 2008

Council to go after ratepayers who owe RM50mil

The Star - May 31, 2008

THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council is going after property owners who owe a whopping RM50mil in assessment arrears.

Council president Farizan Darus said they would take defaulters to court if they still refused to pay up.

“We will not hesitate to take legal action, seize their household items and seal their buildings to recover the arrears,” said Farizan after the council’s full meeting yesterday.

“Those who cannot afford to pay in one lump sum can meet up with our finance department officers to discuss settling their dues in instalments.”

Farizan said the council expected to collect RM112mil in assessment rates this year, adding that they had collected RM63mil over the past five months.

“Collection for the second half of this year’s assessment arrears will start in mid-June.

“Ratepayers can make payments at our counters or through the council’s website.

“The last day to pay your arrears is Aug 30,” he said.

There are currently 260,000 rateable buildings in Seberang Prai.

For more information, contact the council at 04-5497470

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