HOUSEHOLDERS who want to spread the cost of their council tax over 12 months must make arrangements in the next few weeks.
Currently, payments are made in ten monthly instalments but the new steps are designed to give residents more flexibility over 12 monthly payments. The council has three dates in which a direct debit can be made on either 1st, 10th or 20th of the month.
In order to take advantage of the new ways of paying, residents are required by law to write to the council.
Applications should be addressed to the Isle of Wight Council, Revenues Division, Council Offices, Broadway, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 9EA, requesting a change to 12 monthly instalments together with your name, address of property concerned and council tax reference number.
There is also an online form at www.iwight.com/12instalments
Residents are also urged to act quickly as time is required to set up the new arrangements before the new financial bills are produced early in March with the existing ten monthly instalments.
Council leader Cllr David Pugh said: "While the council is intending to freeze council tax bills for a third year, we are aware the charge is still a significant one and I am pleased we have found new ways to make the payment as easy as possible. This gives residents the opportunity to spread their bill equally through the whole year and in doing so reduce their monthly payments. "