Rates are a property tax. Rates are invoiced to ratepayers in equal amounts 4 times a year. The rating year is 1 July to 30 June. Rates are made up of part uniform or fixed charges for the property, and part as a rate in the dollar, based on the value of your property.
Rates brochure - Your Rates - What you need to know 2012/13 (187kb)
On the back of your rates notice (instalment 1) is your rates assessment showing details of each council activity. The activities that you contribute to will vary depending where your property is in the district.
These are charged in proportion to the capital value of your property. General rates are paid by all ratepayers.
Olympic pool - The rates contribution to the cost of maintaining the Olympic Pool complex. The Olympic Pool also receives fee income from pool entry and other activities at the complex.
Theatres and halls - These are regarded as a district facility - to encourage and enable the public to experience the performing and visuals arts and provide venues suitable for seminars, weddings and other community activities. 50% of rates come from General Rate and the other 50% of rates funding comes from Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC).
Economic development - this funds a portion of the economic development activity including tourism.
Regulatory activities - consents - to provide assistance to the public and where possible clarify the problem and then if required identifying the correct staff to provide assessment.
Rivers control - this is a regional council function. It's the cost of monitoring rivers and surface water on land and the provision of flood control works by control of vegetation on river channels and preventative maintenance over the whole district.
Roading (subsidised) - this charge is not just for the road outside your property, but for the total district-wide roading network. This is funded 58% by NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) subsidies, 32% by general rates and the remaining 10% by UAGC over the whole district.
Roading (non-subsidised) - street cleaning, footpaths, street lighting and seal extensions on roads in the district that are not subsidised by NZTA.
Stormwater drainage- contribution towards the cost of collection and disposal of rainwater. The majority of stormwater costs are paid by targeted rates in Gisborne city and rural towns.
Treasury - This is the cost of administering our bank accounts, loans and investments and district loan expenses - councils have always funded some capital works by loan and this item covers the interest charges.
These are charges for services or facilities which you are invoiced only if you live in the area where these rates apply or you receive benefit. These are paid by a specific group of ratepayers who receive or benefit from a specific service or activity.
Building services - cost of providing advice to the public on regulatory requirements with the Building Act. Also cost of resolving complaints about building related issues including stormwater on private property. Residential and lifestyle properties in Gisborne city and on the Poverty Bay Flats contribute 85%. The remaining 15% is paid by rural properties.
Business area patrols (CBD) - this is the full cost of providing the City Watch service in the CBD area of Gisborne city.
Coastal protection scheme - cost of foredune protection operating costs. The closer you live to the hazard the more you contribute.
Dog control - covers the cost of responding to complaints about nuisance caused by stray dogs in urban areas. This rate is targeted to residential properties only. Dog registration fees are used to cover most of this service.
Drainage - cost of providing land drainage in designated areas of benefit.
Economic development - covers the costs of preparing for and supporting economic and tourism activity throughout the district. This rate is payable by all industrial and commercial properties over the whole district.
Flood control schemes (Waipaoa, Te Karaka) - this is the contribution based on capital value for the cost of operating flood protection works.
Heart of Gisborne- this is collected on behalf of the Heart of Gisborne incorporated society for the purpose of funding the "Heart of Gisborne" town centre management programme and is payable by all non-residential properties in the designated CBD area.
Noise control - cost of responding to noise complaints. This is targeted to residential properties in Gisborne city, Makaraka, Wainui and lifestyle properties on the Poverty Bay Flats.
Pests and plants - a regional council responsibility to keep nuisance pests and noxious plants under control. All properties contribute, but farms pay a larger contribution. This is rated on land area.
Parks and reserves - the cost of maintaining all the parks, reserves, playing fields, beach access points, etc.
Passenger transport- the cost of providing a subsidised passenger transport service payable by all residents living in Gisborne city.
Planning - the cost of advising the public on how council's regulatory requirements affect them and their proposals for the use of the land. The cost of the District Plan and other planning projects and reserve management plans. Also includes the cost of resource consent monitoring and RMA enforcement.
Roading flood damage and emergency works - covers 25% of cost of repairs to roading network from an adverse event. The remaining 75% is funded by a NZTA subsidy.
Rural fires - council has an obligation to tend-to all fires that are not covered by the NZ Fire Service. This has been extended to include Gisborne city.
Rural transfer stations - this partially covers the cost of operating 8 transfer stations at Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay, Te Puia Springs, Tikitiki, Waiapu, Te Karaka, Whatatutu and Matawai. This includes the cost of cartage to Waiapu landfill or Gisborne city. Residential properties within a 15km radius of a rural transfer station have been targeted for this rate. If you have multiple dwellings you will be charged per dwelling. From 1 October 2012 refuse stickers will be issued to you to use when taking refuse to a transfer station. Ruatoria township have both kerbside collection and the use of the transfer station. A charge is payable for each service.
Soil conservation - this is a regional council function concerned with erosion, land stabilisation and the effective use of land. You will see 2 lines on your rate assessment for soil conservation. For the portion of this activity relating to land use the rates are based on land value. The portion of the activity relating to advocacy (advice, communication and enforcing legislation) the rates are based on land area.
Stock control - the cost of dealing with urban and rural animals (other than dogs) which are not under the control of their owners.
Stormwater & drains - the costs of stormwater reticulation to dispose of rainwater and maintain assets in Gisborne city and rural townships. Funded by a per property charge payable by residents living in Gisborne city, Wainui, Okitu and rural towns including Patutahi and Manutuke.
The basis for stormwater and drains on commercial properties is capital value.
Sewerage - availability charge - the charge if you are in an area where sewerage service is available but not connected.
Sewerage - (pan charge) - a usage charge based on the number of toilet pans connected. A domestic dwelling pays only one pan charge, no matter how many toilet pans are installed. All other properties pay one pan charge for each toilet pan or urinal installed and connected.
Sewerage - uniform charge - this is a "connection charge". There is one charge per separately used or inhabited part of a property.
Solid waste / refuse collection - cost of household refuse collection including the cost of recycling.
Wainui foredune capital works - recovery of the cost of capital works completed in 2007 for foredune protection works as requested by the majority of residents in the affected area. The targeted rate is charged on the amount of land area of the property owner's rating unit which is in the hazard zone.
Waiapu River erosion control scheme - covers the operating costs and loan repayments of protection works on the river. Direct beneficiaries in Ruatoria township and around the river pay 60% of the cost of the activity. Indirect beneficiaries inside the catchment area pay 15% of the cost of the activity. These 2 rates are based on capital value. Contributors at the edges of the catchment pay 15% based on land area.
Water - the cost of delivering drinking water to each separately used or inhabited part of a property. If there are 3 flats on the property there will be 3 water charges.
Water - availability charge - the charge if you are in an area where water service is available, but the property is not connected.
Water resources - a regional council function payable by all ratepayers in the district and is the cost of monitoring the quality and volume of natural water, and ensuring that we are using these water resources wisely.
This is a fixed charge per separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit (SUIP). The UAGC covers rates on activities that benefit the community equally. Previously rural properties were deemed to only have 1 SUIP, this has changed from 1 July 2012. If you have 2 flats or dwellings on your property, you will pay 2 UAGCs. The UAGC is $594.83 (GST excl.) and is made up of the following rates:
Cemeteries $5.78 - a large proportion of the costs of running the main cemeteries are covered by burial fees. This rate covers the shortfall which cannot be recovered.
Civil Defence $16.47 - a statutory requirement which applies equally to all parts of the district.
Community consultation and liaison $32.00 - to facilitate liaison activities throughout the district including consultation specific to Treaty and Resource Management Act issues. Community planning and development - to provide community consultation in compliance with the Local Government Act 2002. Provision of policy development as required by legislation.
Economic development and tourism $3.40 - covers the costs of preparing for and supporting economic and tourism activity throughout the district. This is partially funded by a targeted rate.
Environmental and public health protection $65.33 - the cost of monitoring environmental health and all other legislative activities delegated to council by central government.
Grants, scholarships, citizenship and memberships $12.26 - civic expenses of the district - scholarships, awards, grants, civic functions, naval visits, Anzac Day, citizenship ceremonies. Corporate expenses of the district - these are the costs of Membership of Local Government New Zealand, NZ Sister Cities.
Maintaining public buildings $12.90 - community properties, the cost of operating and maintaining public buildings in the district.
Managing solid waste and transfer stations $99.86 - the cost of operating district transfer stations and landfills, and the cost of transportation of solid waste out of the district. Note: this activity is partly funded by UAGC and general rates - capital value.
Mayor and councillor representation $104.49 - democratic process, the cost of the Mayor and councillors who meet and represent the people. It also includes an allocation of the salary costs of those staff that support the council meetings.
Museum $34.17- grant funding to Tairāwhiti Museum.
Library $75.56 - funds the HB Williams Memorial Library and all the rural and mobile libraries throughout the district.
Litter bins and cleaning public areas $19.98 - cost of emptying all the litter bins in towns and on highways and keeping public spaces clean.
Public toilets $35.84 - cost of cleaning and maintaining 70 public toilets throughout the district.
Roading - part funding of maintenance costs $47.47 - the 10% component of subsidised roading which pays for the roading network across the whole district.
Supporting community initiatives $20.53 - community development, to facilitate the enhancement of the community's wellbeing through community development initiatives such as sport and recreation activities, workshops and youth support programmes.