Council's main source of revenue is rates. These are levied under the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, and provide Council with the necessary funding to deliver all the services provided in our Annual Plan.
Rates Property Map
Paying Your Rates
This is an easy way to pay your rates if you have a bank account. The advantages are;
- you can pay either monthly or quarterly, weekly or fortnightly.
- The calculated amount will be debited to your bank account on a Wednesday night for weekly and fortnightly payments, the 20th of each month or the nearest working day following the 20th for monthly payments and on the instalment due date for quarterly instalments.
- You will receive a rates notice for each instalment.
- You do not have to remember the penalty date.
- Unlike the automatic payments, there is no need to change your direct debit each year. We will do this for you in July each year and advise you of the new amount.
Should you decide this is the option that best suits you, please contact Pauline or Bronwyn on 03 419 0200 and we will send you the appropriate forms, or alternatively you can download and complete the form below and return it to; Clutha District Council, PO Box 25, Balclutha, 9240.
See our All Forms page for a Direct Debit Form.
Telephone and Online Banking
Most banks operate telephone and internet payment systems which you may use to pay your rates. They already hold our bank account numbers to enable easy set up for users. It is important that if you own more than one property, to set up electronic payments for each of these accounts. (You will need to alter your billing details if you sell your property and purchase another).
Council's bank account number is: 03 1734 0061851 02.
Please note that if you own multiple properties, it is essential that a separate payment is set up for each property.
Also, use the correct particulars when using internet banking for different payments to Council such as rates or dog registrations 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 i.e. Rates, Dogs, Debtors, Building Consents, etc.
- Reference: You billing number.
This will make it easier for us to know what exactlyyou are paying for. 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 2016/17 year are shown below.
|Installment One||26 August 2016|
|Installment Two||25 November 2016|
|Installment Three||24 February 2017|
|Installment Four||26 May 2017|
Any solicitors with rating enquiries should fax Council on 03 418 3185 or email email@example.com
Members of the public wanting more information on any rating matters, please call 03 419 0200 or 0800 801 350 during normal business hours.
What is a rates rebate?
The Rates Rebate Scheme was established by the government to provide a subsidy to low-income homeowners to help meet the cost of their rates. Local Councils administer the scheme and are reimbursed by the Government for all rates rebates. We currently estimate that as many as one in three households that are eligible for a rates rebate have not applied. Remember, this is not a benefit but an entitlement like any other form of tax refund.
Do you qualify for a rates rebate?
To be eligible for a rates rebate for the 2016/17 rating year;
You must be the legal ratepayer for the property that was your home on 1 July 2016.
You must pay rates for the home in which you live in.
You must be an individual i.e. not a family trust.
It must not principally be used for commercial, industrial, business or farming purposes.
The amount of any rates rebate is based on three factors;
The amount of your annual rates levy.
the total income received by you and your partner.
The number of dependents residing on the property.
In most cases, the income threshold for the maximum rates rebate of $610 will be $24,470.00 although the income threshold increases for each dependent in the household.
If you provide these three details to Council, by telephone or over the counter at one of our offices, we can estimate your eligibility for a rates rebate, and if so, how much you would be entitled to.
You can also use the rates rebate calculator on the Department of Internal Affairs website to determine any entitlement.
How and when do I apply?
You can apply for a rates rebate by bringing in to Council;
your rates assessment or rates invoice for your residential property showing you as the legal ratepayer.
Information about your total income before tax for the year ended 31 March 2016 including Interest/Dividends and Work and Income benefits.
Details of your partner's/joint homeowner's income if he/she lives with you.
You can apply for a rates rebate at any time during the rating year. The closing date for applications is 30 June 2017.
Where can I get a rates rebate application form?
Rates Rebate application forms are available from Council offices. You can also ask us to post one out to you or you can download one from the DIA Rates Rebate Scheme website.
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.
Is your club or organisation getting a rates discount?
If you are an office bearer for a community club or organisation involved in recreation, health, leisure, instruction, sport, physical activity or any form of culture? You may be eligible for a rates discount. Council can remit up to 100% of rates for all but water, sewerage and wheelie bin services. Contact Council to find out more on 0800 801 350.