The West Tamar Council has released its plan for a COVID-19 relief and recovery package for the municipality.
Like many councils, the West Tamar's package is designed to support individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus.
Under the package, certain commercial and recreational properties will not be charged rates until September 30. Exclusions from this rate relief include businesses such as supermarkets, doctors, post offices and UTAS owned properties.
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An interest rate pause would also be put in place for property owners for six months.
Annual rates, waste charges and council fees for the 2020-21 would increase by 0 per cent as well.
The package also includes the fast-tracking of several small capital projects valued at about $1 million.
This, according to the agenda, will be done to increase opportunities for local companies. The capital budget for 2020-21 will also be boosted by $1 million.
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The package also includes rent relief and the implementation of a hardship policy for businesses and individuals respectively experiencing financial hardship from the coronavirus.
The hardship policy includes the remission or postponement of rate payments if sufficient financial struggle due to the COVID-19 pandemic can be proved.
The estimated cost to the council from said package is $3.5 million, this does not include the impact of the financial hardship policy costs which would increase the cost.
The measures will be voted on at the council's remote meeting on April 21.
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