Definition of ratepayer in US English:

ratepayer

noun

  • 1North American A customer of a public utility.

    • ‘Without a break from generators, a bailout wouldn't fly politically, since ratepayers would foot the bill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ratepayers have already been paying for the service of decommissioning through their prior rates.’
    • ‘This is where the dividing line between ratepayers and taxpayers begins to blur.’
    • ‘The destitute found the fare either by selling their remaining assets or by assistance from ratepayers and landlords.’
    • ‘This is a cost that, if not borne by ratepayers, will certainly be borne by taxpayers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is disproportional to force ratepayers to pay additional rates for services for which they have previously paid.’
    • ‘But residents and ratepayers have been protesting these private takeovers.’
    • ‘Nor is it certain just who will enjoy those benefits: shareholders or ratepayers.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, at the ratepayer level, the preference to have improvements excluded from rates seems firmly entrenched.’
    people, citizens, subjects, general public, electors, electorate, voters, taxpayers, ratepayers, residents, inhabitants, citizenry, population, populace, community, society, country, nation, world
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  • 2(in the UK) a person required to pay local property taxes.

    • ‘But who authorised ratepayers ' money to be donated to a political party function?’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the council has listed elsewhere on these pages a wide range of projects benefiting the ratepayer and funded through the rates.’
    • ‘The facility will save ratepayers ' money by eliminating costly trips by councillors to the west of Ireland.’
    • ‘Then there is a third major issue that irks me as a ratepayer.’
    • ‘Perhaps the best thing about the Better Neighbourhoods plan is that it will cost ratepayers nothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Would the authority vote to save ratepayers a costly legal battle and implement the suspension?’
    • ‘Since the ratepayer is also a taxpayer, much of that grant will have come out of his own income tax.’
    • ‘He said the ratepayer should also benefit in the event of a vehicle breakdown with little disruption to the service.’
    • ‘Wheatland County included the survey in their property tax bills to ratepayers.’
    • ‘Elderly ratepayers can apply for rates rebates, and that is also being reviewed.’
    • ‘This bill is a stunt because the very thing it seeks to stop - significant rate rises for ratepayers - it cannot prevent.’
    • ‘An insult to visitors and local ratepayers alike!’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As for chasing the legal costs, the spokesman says Council has a responsibility to ratepayers to recover any money owed to it.’
    • ‘Good on our six-pack for having the guts to support us long-suffering ratepayers.’

Pronunciation

ratepayer

/ˈreɪtˌpeɪər//ˈrātˌpāər/