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Back in our February 2017 edition of Debt Collection News we reported councils considering home repossessions to recover unpaid rates in the Bowen Basin Local Government area.
This month it is being reported that Bundaberg Regional Council has listed several properties for auction for rate arrears. A council spokeperson said that in November 2017 council authorised a total of 43 properties to be sold at auction representing outstanding rates of just under $475,000. Of the 43 properties only 7 remain however according to Council many ratepayers will settle their debt prior to the hammer falling.
In a statement a council spokesperson said, "Ratepayers who find themselves facing the auctioning of their property have ignored numerous phone calls, letters and approaches from council's debt management team and authorised recovery agency. It is quite normal for the outstanding rates on a majority of properties to be settled prior to auction".
The auction is scheduled for Thursday, 12 April 2018.
Source: NewsMail - March 2018