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Let's talk rates - 5 proposed changes

We're proposing 5 changes to how we allocate rates across our region Tairāwhiti  to pay for some Council activities. 

This would mean the amount in annual rates you pay may change. Some ratepayers may pay more and others may pay less.

Why

We've taken on board community feedback about the ability to pay rates and the way rates are allocated in our region. The consequences of these changes is that by changing how we rate these activities, we have a rating policy that's more consistent across activities and more affordable in those areas where we have identified the ability to pay rates is difficult. 

We’ve reviewed our rating system and the 3 major drivers for the proposed changes are:  

• The ability to pay rates for some ratepayers. 
• Road maintenance and who should pay. 
• Infrastructure maintenance and who should pay.

The 5 proposed changes are:

Changing the general rate.
Changing the roading rate for the forestry sector.
Changing how we allocate rates for users connected to the wastewater system.
Changing how we allocate the stormwater rates.
Removing the rate for city centre management and promotion.

The proposed changes would not change the total amount of money we collect from
rates. We would still collect the same amount.
What would change is how the rates are allocated across ratepayers

We've provided a brief description of each proposed change.
If you would like more information, please read the Statement of Proposal

Please tell us what you think of the proposed changes, by filling in the online submission 
Feedback closes 5pm Wednesday 14 October 2020.

 

RateGeneral rate changes

What
All ratepayers pay the general rate to fund services that our whole region benefits from.

Why
We propose that all ratepayers contribute to the cost of 3 waters (water supply, wastewater, stormwater) and coastal maintenance through their general rate.  

This approach is consistent with how we rate other activities that have benefits for the whole community. 

This change also helps us prepare for Government’s proposed nationwide reform of Three Waters service delivery. This mean we need to change how 3 waters are managed and provided to all communities.  

What we're proposing to change

• Add 10% of the cost of water and wastewater services to the general rate. 
• For consistency, reduce the stormwater rate already in the general rate to 10%. 
• Put the cost of managing and maintaining the Wainui coastal maintenance rates into the general rate the same as we do for flood control protection.    

QuestionTell us what you think. Do you agree...

Q1 • Everyone should contribute through their general rate to pay for wastewater, stormwater, water supply and coastal maintenance?
If not tell us what you think.

 

Check how this change would impact your property - use our online rates tool(external link)

We want to know what you think, tell us by filling in the online submission 

 

Roading rates for the forestry sectorRate

What
More money from the roading budget is being spent on repairing the damage on our roads because of increased logging trucks. The rates we collect from forestry does not reflect the increased spend.

Why
We’re proposing to increase the forestry roading rate, so the forestry sector pays more towards the cost of the damage.

There are 139 properties with 20 hectares or more of forestry that are not paying the forestry roading rates

We’re proposing to change our definition of forestry property to add these properties to those that would pay forestry roading rates. The forestry roading rate would only apply to the area in forestry.

These proposed changes would mean the forestry sector’s portion of roading costs would increase, while everyone else’s portion would go down

What we're proposing to change

• Increase the forestry roading rate.
• Apply the forestry roading rates to properties with 20 hectares or more of forestry, to the area in forestry. 

QuestionTell us what you think.  Do you agree... 

Q2 • We increase the forestry roading rate so forestry pays more towards the cost of the budgeted roading maintenance?
Q3 • We change our forestry definition for rating purposes. Properties with 20 hectares or more of forestry would be rated forest. The rate would only apply to the area in forestry.

If not tell us what you think.

Check how this change would impact your property - use our online rates tool(external link)

We want to know what you think, tell us by filling in the online submission 

 

 

Users connected to the wastewater systemRate

What
Some users connected to the wastewater network contribute more per household to the cost of the service than others do.

Why
Currently properties with multiple wastewater (sewerage) connections are not paying the same as a property with a single connection.

We currently have 2 wastewater rates, a pan rate (toilet) and a wastewater connection rate.

What we're proposing to change

• We propose to replace these 2 with one rate. The new pan rate will be higher than the old one to make sure we still collect the same amount of money.

This would mean everyone connected to the wastewater network pays the same.

This would increase rates for multi-unit residential properties and multi-pan non-residential properties.

QuestionTell us what you think. Do you agree...

Q4 • We replace the 2 wastewater rates with one to better reflect use of the wastewater services?
Q5 • We make the rate the same for all connected properties?
If not tell us what you think.

Check how this change would impact your property - use our online rates tool(external link)

We want to know what you think, tell us by filling in the online submission 

 

Stormwater rateRate

Some properties serviced by the stormwater network contribute more to the cost of the service per household than others do. 

What we're proposing to change

• Change how we rate for stormwater from rating per property, to rating per household.

This would mean all households would pay the same rate for stormwater services.

QuestionTell us what you think. Do you agree...

Q6 • We rate for the stormwater service from a rate per property to a rate per household? 
If not tell us what you think.

 

Check how this change would impact your property - use our online rates tool(external link)

We want to know what you think, tell us by filling in the online submission 

 

City centre management and promotion rateRate

Business owners in the CBD pay a rate for city centre management and promotion (CCMP). Council contracts Trust Tairāwhiti who are the guardians/kaitiaki for our region’s business success, to deliver these services.

What we're proposing to change

Remove the rate for city centre management and promotion.

This would reduce rates for those in the CCMP area. City Watch (business area patrol), which includes support for CCTV services would continue to be supported by Council, and this support will be more widely funded, to be consistent with the location of the services.

Removing the CCMP rate would benefit business ratepayers at a time when doing business is extremely challenging. It also allows us to consider new and improved ways to support and promote business as we develop the Long Term Plan 2021-2031.  

QuestionTell us what you think. Do you agree...

Q7 • We remove the rate for city centre management and promotion?
If not tell us what you think

 

Check how this change would impact your property - use our online rates tool(external link)

We want to know what you think, tell us by filling in the online submission 

 

More information about the rates changesInformation

Statement of Proposal - Rating Review 2020 [PDF, 588 KB]

Rates Booklet [PDF, 642 KB]

Frequently Asked Questions on the rates proposals [PDF, 207 KB]

Roading Differentials Forestry Roading Rates - Stantec Report [PDF, 1.7 MB] 

Spatial plan - Tairāwhiti 2050

Supporting documents to the Statement of Proposal

Briefing paper 01 - review of process [PDF, 90 KB]

Briefing paper 02 - funding framework [PDF, 716 KB]

Briefing paper 03 - revenue and financing policy [PDF, 114 KB] 

Briefing paper 04 - current rating system and remission policy [PDF, 51 KB]

Briefing paper 05 - issues and opportunities identification [PDF, 2.8 MB]

Briefing paper 06 - direction setting principles [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Briefing paper 09 - options [PDF, 1 MB]

Briefing paper 09a - road funding [PDF, 744 KB] 

Briefing paper 09b - affordability [PDF, 763 KB]

Briefing paper 10 - funding needs analysis [PDF, 2.4 MB]

Briefing paper 10a - supplementary on Wainui Beach management [PDF, 821 KB]

Briefing paper 11 - early engagement feedback [PDF, 619 KB]

Briefing paper 12 - modelling directions from workshop 4b [PDF, 348 KB]

Briefing paper 13 - modelling directions from workshop 5 [PDF, 361 KB]

Briefing paper 14 - comms plan and key messaging [PDF, 810 KB]

Briefing paper 16 - Maori land [PDF, 349 KB]