What Do My Rates Pay For?
Your annual property rates bill will consist of general rates and targeted rates.
Instalments are due three times per year in October, February and May.
Water Rates are billed separately twice a year on varying dates in the various water supply areas.
Rates are charged on rating units. A rating unit, in basic terms for the average property owner, simply means your property.
Council sets two types of general rates - a Uniform Annual General Charge, and a Differential General Rate. These rates are set district-wide and fund activities such as leadership, libraries, solid waste disposal, roading, regulatory services, sportsfields, swimming pools, halls, drainage, stormwater, community growth, community initiatives, and other sundry activities.
Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC)
The UAGC is a fixed rate charged on every property (each rating unit) within the Hauraki District.
Differential General Rates
Different rates apply depending on land use, e.g. a commercial property pays more than a residential property. The rate charged is based on the capital value of your property.
The categories are:
Residential and Rural Land Use - all rating units used primarily for residential, recreational, cultural or primarily or predominately for the purposes of agriculture, viticulture, horticulture or silviculture.
Commercial, Industrial and Utility Land Use - all rating units used for commercial or industrial purposes, including utility networks.
Mineral Extraction Land Use - all mineral value rating units that are not used in gold mining.
Mining Land Use - all mineral value rating units that are used in gold mining.
HDC sets targeted rates where the services provided are specific to a particular community or area within our District. Targeted rates are for Community Facilities, Land Drainage, Urban Stormwater, Wastewater, Refuse Collections and Water Supply. We have developed rating area maps to make it is easy to see whether certain rates are applicable to your property. Targeted rates that are applicable to your property are itemised on your rates bill.
Rating area maps are available for Community Halls, Drainage, Flood Protection, Pump Rates and Water. Go to the rating area maps page
An annual charge is set for each ward for activities including: grants and donations, domains, halls, footpaths and street-cleaning, information and visitors' centres, reserves, as well as activities specific to a ward e.g. the Positive Paeroa Co-ordinator, Go Waihi and Waihi urban stormwater.
The wards are categorized as:
Paeroa Ward - all rating units situated within the Paeroa Ward.
Plains Ward - all rating units situated within the Plains Ward.
Waihi Ward - all rating units situated within the Waihi Ward.
Set on the land value of each rural property (rating unit) located within the following drainage districts, to fund the drainage activity within those districts.
Eastern Plains Drainage District - all rating units situated within the Eastern Plains Drainage District, excluding those Residential, Commercial & Industrial, and Community land use rating units within the townships of Kerepehi and Turua.
Western Plains Drainage District - all rating units situated within the Western Plains Drainage District, excluding those Residential, Commercial & Industrial, and Community land use rating units within the town of Ngatea.
Komata North Drainage District - all land situated within the Komata North Drainage District
Opukeko Drainage District - all land situated within the Opukeko Drainage District excluding those Residential, Commercial & Industrial, and Community land use rating units within the town of Paeroa.
Tirohia-Rotokohu Drainage District - all land situated within the Tirohia-Rotokohu Drainage District excluding those Residential, Commercial & Industrial, and Community land use rating units within the town of Paeroa.
Taramaire Drainage District - all land situated within the Taramaire Drainage District.
Land drainage, and flood protection and control are key functions of the Council's operation, as a considerable portion of the northern Hauraki Plains lies at or below the normal high tide level in the Firth of Thames. The remainder of the land on the Hauraki Plains is only slightly above this level, so protection against high water tables, extreme weather events, high tides and river floods is essential to the continuing occupation and use of the land for residential, agricultural and horticultural purposes.
The assets that provide direct protection from river and tidal flooding include stopbanks, floodgates and pump stations, and are referred to as primary flood protection assets.
Set on all urban (non-rural) land use rating units in the towns of Paeroa, Ngatea, Kerepehi, Turua, Waihi, Whiritoa and all rating units within the Kaiaua Coastal Area for the purpose of funding the urban stormwater activity. The urban stormwater rate is based on the land value in all areas other than Kaiaua where it is set as a Uniform Annual Charge.
The Stormwater activity involves the disposal of excess rainfall runoff from urban areas using drainage systems which include natural watercourses, man-made drains, open channels, reticulated pipe networks and other structures for accepting stormwater runoff.
The purpose of this activity is to ensure the safe removal of stormwater to maintain transport and communication networks, minimise the risk of flooding to property and minimise the risk to human life in the urban communities of the District.
An annual charge per toilet (water closet / urinal or pan), or per rating unit for unconnected rating units. Rating units used primarily as a residence for one household will only be charged one pan charge. This charge is for the purpose of funding the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater (commonly known as sewage).
The Council provides and operates piped sewer networks and treatment plants for seven urban areas. It ensures that collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater complies with the Public Health Standards and specific resource consent conditions, particularly those requiring the minimising of adverse effects on the receiving environment.
Refuse collection and kerbside recycling rates are based on the location and the provision of service.
District Collection - all rating units serviced by Council's kerbside recycling collection excluding those in the Whiritoa township and Kaiaua Coastal Area.
Whiritoa Collection - all rating units serviced by Council's kerbside recycling collection in the Whiritoa township. Whiritoa rating units have an increased number of collections per year.
Kaiaua Coastal Area Collection - all rating units serviced by Council's kerbside collection within the former Franklin District Council area.
The water supply service is provided on a user pays basis which is normally achieved through user charges, general rates and targeted rates.
Water supply rates are billed separately from the rates outlined above. They are billed twice yearly on varying dates in the various water supply areas.
Water rates are charged per cubic metre of water supplied and by the number of water connections per rating unit.
The Water Supply activity involves the provision of domestic and agricultural water to the Hauraki Communities. Water supply is a core service of the Council and a sound water supply is a prerequisite to public health and safety and economic well being. The Council also aims to maintain sufficient supply in urban areas to meet fire fighting requirements.