1) N-COUNT In Britain, a ratepayer was a person who owned or rented property and therefore had to pay local taxes called rates. The citizens of a district are sometimes still called the ratepayers when their interests and the use of local taxes are being considered.

The Conservatives saw this as stopping the waste of ratepayers' money.

2) N-COUNT In the United States, a ratepayer is a person whose property is served by an electricity, water, or telephone company, and who pays for these services.

The new law could create a `no lose' situation for the phone companies that could leave ratepayers worse off.

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  • Ratepayer — Rate pay er ( p[=a] [ e]r), n. One who pays rates or taxes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ratepayer — [rāt′pā΄ər] n. 1. Brit. a person who pays rates, or local taxes 2. a customer of a public utility …   English World dictionary

  • ratepayer — UK [ˈreɪtˌpeɪə(r)] / US [ˈreɪtˌpeɪər] noun [countable] Word forms ratepayer : singular ratepayer plural ratepayers someone who had to pay rates (= local taxes) in the UK before 1990 …   English dictionary

  • ratepayer — noun Date: 1845 1. British taxpayer 2. one who pays for a utility service and especially electricity according to established rates …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ratepayer — ratepaying, adj., n. /rayt pay euhr/, n. 1. a person who pays a regular charge for the use of a public utility, as gas or electricity, usually based on the quantity consumed. 2. Brit. a person who pays rates; a taxpayer of the local government.… …   Universalium

  • ratepayer — noun Someone who pays for utility service The government is supposed to mediate between ratepayers and the power company. See Also: ratepaying, taxpayer …   Wiktionary

  • ratepayer — rate|pay|er [ˈreıtpeıə US ər] n BrE someone who pays taxes that are used to provide local services …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ratepayer — n. taxpayer …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Ratepayer —   This is a retail consumer of the electricity distributed by an electric utility. This includes residential, commercial and industrial users of electricity …   Energy terms

  • ratepayer — noun 1》 (in the UK) a person liable to pay rates. 2》 N. Amer. a customer of a public utility …   English new terms dictionary

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