Definition of ratepayer in English:

ratepayer

noun

  • 1(in the UK) a person liable to pay rates.

    • ‘But who authorised ratepayers ' money to be donated to a political party function?’
    • ‘An insult to visitors and local ratepayers alike!’
    • ‘This bill is a stunt because the very thing it seeks to stop - significant rate rises for ratepayers - it cannot prevent.’
    • ‘Wheatland County included the survey in their property tax bills to ratepayers.’
    • ‘Perhaps the best thing about the Better Neighbourhoods plan is that it will cost ratepayers nothing.’
    • ‘Since the ratepayer is also a taxpayer, much of that grant will have come out of his own income tax.’
    • ‘Would the authority vote to save ratepayers a costly legal battle and implement the suspension?’
    • ‘Elderly ratepayers can apply for rates rebates, and that is also being reviewed.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the council has listed elsewhere on these pages a wide range of projects benefiting the ratepayer and funded through the rates.’
    • ‘When is this council going to stop wasting ratepayers ' money on unnecessary road schemes?’
    • ‘Bristol City Council conducted a city-wide referendum of all its ratepayers on council tax options.’
    • ‘The facility will save ratepayers ' money by eliminating costly trips by councillors to the west of Ireland.’
    • ‘The port company has risen substantially in value since Waikato ratepayers sold their shareholding to private investors.’
    • ‘Could it be that influence would be back under the control of local ratepayers?’
    • ‘As for chasing the legal costs, the spokesman says Council has a responsibility to ratepayers to recover any money owed to it.’
    • ‘I would like to know what this episode cost the ratepayers of Buffalo City Municipality?’
    • ‘Rural ratepayers in the entire Council area will be affected equally.’
    • ‘He said the ratepayer should also benefit in the event of a vehicle breakdown with little disruption to the service.’
    • ‘Then there is a third major issue that irks me as a ratepayer.’
    • ‘Good on our six-pack for having the guts to support us long-suffering ratepayers.’
  • 2North American A customer of a public utility.

    • ‘Ratepayers have already been paying for the service of decommissioning through their prior rates.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, at the ratepayer level, the preference to have improvements excluded from rates seems firmly entrenched.’
    • ‘Nor is it certain just who will enjoy those benefits: shareholders or ratepayers.’
    • ‘Residential ratepayers, taxpayers, and employees are thus to bail the industry out of its difficulties.’
    • ‘But residents and ratepayers have been protesting these private takeovers.’
    • ‘This is a cost that, if not borne by ratepayers, will certainly be borne by taxpayers.’
    • ‘The destitute found the fare either by selling their remaining assets or by assistance from ratepayers and landlords.’
    • ‘It is disproportional to force ratepayers to pay additional rates for services for which they have previously paid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is where the dividing line between ratepayers and taxpayers begins to blur.’
    • ‘The claims I see in the newspapers state we must spend billions of ratepayer, and possibly taxpayer, dollars to bring the utilities' infrastructure into the 21st century.’
    • ‘Without a break from generators, a bailout wouldn't fly politically, since ratepayers would foot the bill.’
    people, citizens, subjects, general public, electors, electorate, voters, taxpayers, ratepayers, residents, inhabitants, citizenry, population, populace, community, society, country, nation, world
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Pronunciation

ratepayer

/ˈreɪtpeɪə/