Miri ratepayers urged to patronise mobile counters on Dec 19 and 20

Adam Yii

MIRI, Dec 14: The Miri City Council (MCC) as of November 30, 2020 has collected 88 per cent of assessment rates from the total expected yield of RM40.7 million for this year.

Its mayor, Adam Yii, in a press statement today revealed currently there are 70,292 assessment-eligible properties within the council’s jurisdiction, which includes residential, commercial and industrial holdings.

“From the total 70,292 rateable properties, the council expects to collect assessment rates totalling RM40.7 million for the current year rates.

“When the due date for the second half of 2020 of the assessment rate ended on November 30, MCC managed to collect 88 per cent from the total expected yield.”

Yii disclosed 30,313 rateable properties under the council’s jurisdiction had enjoyed a 25 per cent discount on their assessment rates, as announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg recently, under the Sarawakku Sayang Assistance Package (BKSS).

For those who have made full payment for 2020, the excess payment will be credited to 2021. 

For the year 2020, the discount of 25 per cent assessment rates for residential holdings with annual rates of RM400.01 and above, commercial, industrial, special purpose properties and vacant land is as follows:

Annual Rates (RM)  Reduction (%) 
Residential <=50.00 100
50.01 – 100.00 90
100.01 – 150.00 80
150.01 – 200.00 70
200.01 – 250.00 60
250.01 – 300.00 50
300.01 – 350.00 40
350.01 – 400.00 30
>400.00 25
Commercial 25
Industrial 25
Special purpose 25
Vacant Land 25

Yii said for the convenience of ratepayers here MCC’s Rating and Valuation Department will open mobile counters at three locations on Dec 19 and 20 to help ratepayers to check on the assessment rates of their properties and guide them to use on-the-spot payment through the SarawakPay app.

He urged ratepayers to take advantage of the services provided at these counters namely at Permaisuri Imperial City Mall, Emart Riam and Emart Tudan which operates from 10am and 5pm on both days. .

“Revenue collected from the assessment rates is important to help the council to make Miri City a sustainable city and give quality and efficient services to the Rakyat as a whole.

“As the Mayor of Miri City, I would like to say “Thank you to all Mirians for your contributions in paying your assessment rates. Together we develop Miri and make Miri a lovely resort City where we can proudly say Miri is My Home, My Pride,” he stressed. .

Yii disclosed that in conjunction with the council’s 15th anniversary, its Rating and Valuation Department has initiated several programmes to remind ratepayers to pay their assessment rates on time, as well as to give information on council services on general matters, road maintenance, scavenging, street lighting and desludging.

The programmes held included two roadshows to promote the payment of assessment rates at Pasar Malam Saberkas on September 4 and Pasar Besar Krokop on September 26 respectively. On both occasions, quizzes testing public awareness of assessment rates and Miri city was held through live streaming.

The council also organised the 2020 Assessment Rate Promotional Video Competition where the top prize of RM5,000 was won by a team comprising Mohd Syaffuan Zaini, Nur Afiqah Johari, Mohamad Fazrie Basri and Siti Muliana Mustafah.

Meanwhile, ratepayers who had paid assessment rates for the whole of 2020 and do not have outstanding assessment rates were entitled to participate in the 5KM Miri City Virtual Run 2020, which ended on November 30.

Participants may claim their medals by January 2021 from MCC’s Rating and Valuation Department.

Ratepayers are urged to make payments online via SarawakPay, the Service Sarawak website and the Pay Bills Malaysia website.

For further enquiries, contact the Rating and Valuation Department (085-430914) during office hours. — DayakDaily