Council's main source of revenue is rates. These are levied under the Rating Powers Act and provide Council with the necessary funding to deliver all the services provided in our Annual Plan. Easy ways to pay your rates Direct Debiting - This is an easy way to pay your rates if you have a bank account. The advantages are:
Please remember to use the correct particulars when using Internet banking for different payments to Council such as rates or dog registration fees. For example:
Particulars: Your account number. For a debtor payment put ‘DR’ in front of the number. For a rate payment put ‘RA’ in front of the number.
Code: What you are paying for. Eg. ‘Rates’, ‘Dogs’ ‘Debtors’, ‘Building Consent’ etc.
Reference: The name on the account you are paying.
This will make it easier for us to know what exactly it is you are making payment for.
Also, please note that if you own multiple properties, it is essential that a separate payment is set up for each property, as above. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.Other methods - Please refer to the back of your rates notice for other payment options such as automatic payments, cash or EFTPOS. Please Note: Credit card payments are not accepted by this Council
Rates are payable by four quarterly instalments during the financial year which runs from July to June.
The payment dates for the current year are shown below.
Any solicitors with rating enquiries should fax Council on 03 418 3185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the public wanting more information on any rating matters, please call us on 03 419 0200 or 0800 801 350 during business hours.
What is a rates rebate?
The Rates Rebate Scheme was established by the government to provide a subsidy to low-income homeowners on the cost of their rates. Local councils administer the scheme and are reimbursed by the government for all rate rebates.
Do you qualify for a rates rebate?
To be eligible for a rates rebate for the 2013/14 rating year:
The amount of any rates rebate is based on three factors:
In most cases the income threshold for the maximum rates rebate of $595 will be $23,870, although the income threshold increases by $500 for each dependant in the household.
If you provide these three details to Council by telephone or over the counter at one of our offices, we can quickly calculate whether you qualify for a rates rebate, and if so, how much you would be entitled to.
You can also use the calculator on the rates rebates website at www.ratesrebates.govt.nz to determine any entitlement.
How and when do I apply?
You can apply for a rates rebate by bringing in to Council:
Although you can apply for a rates rebate at any time, there may be long queues at Council offices if you wait until the period just before rates are due. Because you can claim a rates rebate in advance of paying your rates, we recommend that you come into one of the Council offices from early August to make your rates rebate application. The closing date for applications is 30 June 2014.
Where can I get a rates rebate application form?
Rates rebate application forms are available from Council offices or from the rates rebates website at www.ratesrebates.govt.nz or you can ask us to post one out to you. If you received a rates rebate for the last rating year, you will automatically be sent a rates rebate application form again this year. You can expect to receive this in early August.
You can bring your completed form in to our office, or we can help you complete the form if you prefer. Please remember that your signature must be witnessed, either by a Council staff member or another qualified person as listed on the application form.