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Council to vote on stimulus measures at Extraordinary Meeting


Council will vote on stimulus measures at an Extraordinary Meeting this Monday as the city deals with the fallout of coronavirus. Tamworth Mayor Col Murray said it would be held on Monday at 12pm, and encouraged the community to send in messages and questions before then and jump on the livestream to watch it unfold. Cr Murray said it would be one single agenda item to deal with stimulus proposals to help businesses and residents. "There are lots of little things that are all recommendations at this stage," he said. "Like refunds for development application fees and charges. "There's probably more capacity to do more for businesses because they are the ones that pay the fees and charges, while residents pay fees and charges they are fairly limited but we had a good hard crack at getting some equity." Cr Murray said it will also be proposed to turn off parking meters in the CBD, so residents who are still attending work have one less thing to worry about. Cr Murray reminded residents that the council are not able to waive rates. Still, one proposal is that there would be no new debt recovery action for overdue rates and charges during the COVID-19 crisis and that a zero per cent interest rate will apply to any new late rates from March 31 and will be reviewed every three months. In an attempt to keep business thriving where possible, a temporary blanket exemption from any delivery curfews was imposed for supermarkets and shops of essential household items across the Tamworth region. This took effect on March 17 and will continue until further notice.

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