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Councillors David Dodds (above) and Matthew Barber (below) back drive for ebilling
Councillors David Dodds (above) and Matthew Barber (below) back drive for ebilling

THE district council is offering to pay one lucky resident’s council tax bill for the year as part of a push to get people signed up online.

To encourage people to register for ebilling, South Oxfordshire District Council has agreed to pay the entire 2012/13 bill for one taxpayer drawn randomly from the mailing list.

MCBT Matthew Barber

MCBT Matthew Barber

It costs more than £64,000 each year for the combined South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils to send out tax bills and leaflets.

In an attempt to cut these costs, the two councils are aiming to get as many people as possible signed up to receive their bill via email by January 31.

One winner will be chosen from each district.

Councillor David Dodds, cabinet member for finance at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “This is a fantastic chance for a council tax payer to win the opportunity to have their entire 2012/13 bill paid for them.

“We are very keen to reduce the amount of money we spend each year on printing and postage, so hopefully anyone who hasn’t already done so should sign up.”

Councillor Matthew Barber, cabinet member for finance at the Vale of White Horse District Council, which shares many services with South Oxfordshire, said: “If every council tax payer who has access to email signs up to ebilling then we could put the money we spend on sending out bills and council tax leaflets to much better use.”

The service is only suitable for those who pay using a direct debit, credit or debit card.

People ahead of the game who have already signed up will automatically be entered into the draw.

To sign up for ebilling, visit www.southoxon.gov.uk or email sodc.counciltax@secure.capita.co.uk