Ratepayers have until April 30 to settle tax

Motorists can now use e-wallet to top up their Park@Perak app to pay for parking in the city. — Filepic

Ipoh City Council (MBI) has announced a two-month extension for the payment of this year’s assessment tax.

Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said payment for the first term could be made by April 30 while the second term must be settled by Oct 31.

He said the extension was given due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which has severely impacted ratepayers’ ability to pay.

“The city council will hold off any action against those with arrears this year.

“We invite them to meet us and discuss the settlement, ” he said during the city council’s full board meeting.

“We are open to talks for payment to be made in instalments based on ratepayers’ ability, ” he added.

Rumaizi also said that discounts would be offered automatically to those with traffic compounds.

“For those paying over the counter, a 30% discount will be given.

“Those paying online from March 1 until the end of the year will get a 50% discount to encourage a new norm of settling payment, ” he said.

Another initiative to help those affected by the pandemic, Rumaizi said, was to give a three-month rent exemption to some 813 traders at the Ipoh Central Market.

“The exemption will be for March, April and May, costing us about RM69,000.

“We hope the rental exemption for three months will help reduce the financial burden of traders at the market, ” he said.

On another matter, Rumaizi said Park@Perak app users could now top up their account using e-wallet.

He said it was to encourage more people to use the app, which was introduced in 2019.

“They can now top up using Touch N’ Go, Boost, Grabpay and Mcash.

“They can also top up using Visa and Mastercard credit cards, ” he said.

There are currently about 225,000 users using the app.

Separately, Rumaizi said the city council had patched 1,955 potholes since its special pothole complaint app was set up earlier this year.

He said from the figure, 74% of them were fixed within 24 hours, 15% in 48 hours and the remaining 11% took more than two days.

He said there were many reasons that contributed to the pothole issue, including development projects.

“Other factors include the higher number of vehicles on the road.

“We will continue to create an efficient system so that each pothole reported can be solved within 24 hours, ” he said.

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