More help on the way for those owners hit by floods


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Further rates remissions have been given to flood-affected property owners in Whanganui.

Whanganui District Council voted on Tuesday to give a further 50 per cent rate remission to properties with dangerous building notices caused by the flood in June last year.

It means those properties have now had all rates remitted for the 2015/16 year.

Council deputy chief executive Julian Harkness said it was about showing that "council have a bit of heart".

Owners of properties not covered by the automatic remission can apply to the council for a rate remission or postponement.

The council would also hold a register of properties for which the rates remission apply, and owners can apply to be on the list.

Meanwhile, the district council's fees for resource management consent and building consent would also be written up to $5000 per property for those with a property that had been issued with a dangerous building notice due to the flood.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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