SIBU: The state government has reduced the assessment rate on residential properties by up to 90%.
Besides that, the yearly assessment for properties below RM50 is now at 0%.
However, the reduction of between 10% and 90% for those being billed from RM50.01 to RM700 is only for this year.
Effective Jan 1 this year, the assessment rate for those previously charged between RM50.01 to RM100 would enjoy a reduction of 90%, RM100.01 to RM150 would see an 80% reduction, RM150.01 to RM200 (70%), RM200.01 to RM250 (60%), RM250.01 to RM300 (50%), RM300.01 to RM350 (40%), RM350.01 to RM400 (30%), RM400.01 to RM500 (20%) and those in the RM500.01 to RM700 bracket would receive a 10% discount.
Adjustments are also being made for those who are paying a yearly assessment rate of RM700 and above.
This announcement was made by Sibu Municipal Council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King at its monthly meeting. Tiong said his council, like 26 other councils statewide, had received a circular on the matter from the Local Government and Community Development Ministry.
At the launching of the Sejiwa Senada programme in Mukah in early March, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem had said the Government had agreed to make adjustment to the rate to alleviate the burden of the people in view of the rising cost of living.
Tiong said property owners who had already paid the assessment rate would get a refund on the excess.
He added that ratepayers are required to settle their arrears based on the existing procedures, inclusive of surcharge.
On a separate matter, Tiong reminded all entertainment and food outlets to apply and obtain a licence from the council first before operating their outlets.
“I have received reports that some operators have started their business without obtaining a valid licence from the council,” he said.
The council, he added, would take action against those errant operators.