Definition of ratepayer in English:

ratepayer

Syllabification: rate·pay·er
Pronunciation: /ˈrātˌpāər
 
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noun

  • 1North American A customer of a public utility.
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    • But residents and ratepayers have been protesting these private takeovers.
    • The California Public Utility Commission would also get $89 million in ratepayer money to promote the new scheme, giving utilities a leg up on whatever competition might materialize.
    • Residential ratepayers, taxpayers, and employees are thus to bail the industry out of its difficulties.
  • 2(In the UK) a person required to pay local property taxes.
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    • This bill is a stunt because the very thing it seeks to stop - significant rate rises for ratepayers - it cannot prevent.
    • Elderly ratepayers can apply for rates rebates, and that is also being reviewed.
    • Bristol City Council conducted a city-wide referendum of all its ratepayers on council tax options.

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