A 4% discount is available to Ballymena ratepayers, of occupied domestic properties only, if they pay their rate bill in full by Friday 2 May 2014.
Land & Property Services (LPS) is reminding customers who want to receive the early payment discount to pay their bill as soon as possible as the discount deadline is fast approaching.
An LPS spokesperson explained: “If LPS receives payment in full, in a single payment by the discount day, you will receive a 4% discount on this year’s assessment. You must allow a minimum of five working days for payment to reach us.”
Paying by Direct Debit has its benefits, as outlined by the spokesperson: “This is the easiest way to pay your bill, including a single payment in full. It takes all the hassle out of making manual payments and means you don’t have to worry about missing a payment or getting it to us on time. If you require further information on paying by Direct Debit, please call us on 0300 200 7801 or visit http://www.nidirect.gov.uk
“There are a number of other payment options available to you, these include: standing order; telephone and internet banking; cheque; online; and using a ‘Rates Quick-Pay Card’ which customers bring along to any Post Office or one of the 800 participating Payzone outlets. If you choose to pay your bill in instalments, please be aware you will not be eligible for a discount.”
Concluding, the spokesperson emphasised that people who are struggling to pay their rate bill should contact LPS urgently: “I would encourage anyone having difficulty paying their rate bill to contact LPS as soon as possible by calling: 0300 200 7801. We will explore each option open to you by reviewing your circumstances and may be able to discuss alternative payment arrangements.”