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The Northern Territory Manual for Council Staff working with Rates and Charges



The Northern Territory Manual for Council Staff working with Rates and Charges


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dhcd.nt.gov.au Page 30 of 35 March 2017, version 12 (a) on the council's website; and (b) on at least 2 separate occasions in a newspaper circulating generally throughout the Territory. If the outstanding rates are paid before the date of the sale, the council must call off the sale. If an auction fails, the council may sell the land by private contract for the best price that it can reasonably obtain. Whether the sale of land is by auction or by private contract (after a public auction fails), the council may execute a conveyance of the land under its common seal. On registration of the conveyance, title to the land vests in the purchaser free and discharged from all mortgages, charges and encumbrances. Proceeds of sale Section 176 of the LGA states that once the property is sold, the council must apply the proceeds of the sale in the following order: (1) payment of costs incurred in the selling of the land; (2) payment of all liabilities secured on the land (including the liability to the council) in the order of their priority; and (3) payment to the owner of the land. If the council fails, after reasonable inquiry, to discover the identity or whereabouts of a person entitled to payment under this section, the council may make the payment to the Public Trustee as unclaimed property. Such a payment vests in the Public Trustee under, and for the purposes of, section 59A of the Public Trustee Act. Miscellaneous matters concerning rates and charges Record keeping Councils must comply with Part 9 of the Information Act and the Records Management Standards for Public Sector Organisations in the NT. Rates and charges records are normally permanent records which must be kept in perpetuity.

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