Locally and nationally we’ve seen rising costs due to supply and demand issues, increasing interest rates and inflation. That put real pressure on the budgets we forecasted in 2022/23 for the 2023/24 Annual Plan. Going forward, we’ve really had to sharpen our pencil to take into account these unplanned increases.
Our goal, on setting the rates for the 2023/24 rating year, was to keep costs as low as we could without impacting our core services, and importantly, to keep the rates rise under inflation. We’re pleased that at the time of setting the rates, we were able to achieve this for our communities. (Inflation is now sitting at 6.7 percent, which is a drop from 7.2 percent in February 2022).
The finalised ‘average’ per property rates increase projected for 2023/24 is 6.8 percent for non-water (land) rates and 8.9 percent for water rates (from the 1 July 2023, this equates to an additional $13.35 on a $150 bi-annual water bill).
We've put together examples of the what the non-water (land)rates will look like across the district from 1 July 2023.
are in year three of the
2021-2031 Long Term Plan (LPT). Changes from the LTP were mostly due to the
effects of higher supply costs in combination with increases in inflation and interest
rates. This was illustrated when Council considered both the new Waste
Management and Land Transport contracts, which were more expensive than what we
Here's more information on the
waste management changes coming your way from 1 September 2023.
Part of the Land
Transport Activity is subsidised by Waka Kotahi. Historically, we have received a subsidy for operating this activity and as a result we have
assumed in our current budget that Council will continue to receive this subsidy, and at the same percentage as
We've trimmed our budgets as much as possible without impacting our core services and we're ready to tackle the challenges of the new rating year. Let’s continue to work hard
together to make our district a vibrant place to live, work and play.
Fees and charges
We also reviewed the 2023/24 Fees and Charges and adopted these at the 26 April Council meeting.
The fees and charges remain mostly unchanged. There are some increases to the building consent and dog registration fees and some administrative amendments. The new fees and charges schedule will be available on our website from the 1 July 2023.
Changes to Building Consent fees - effective from 1 July 2023:
The Planning check fee for projects to the value of $19,999 has increased from $90 to $110.
An online system fee of $150 to recover the cost of the online application portal.
Minor projects, solid fuel heaters and solar hot water conversions have increases in admin and processing fees.
Regulatory fees - effective from 1 July 2023:
The fee for registration of campgrounds, funeral directors, mortuary and stock sale yards had been left off the schedule in error. These have been added back in and the following charges will now apply when registering as any of these premises.
Stock Sale Yard
Changes to dog registration fees - effective from 1 July 2023: