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Hauraki District ratepayers will see some changes to their rates after 1 July 2019.

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All non-water property rates will be updated from 1 July 2019 for two reasons:

  • The average rates increase of 5.7 percent we set in our Long Term Plan
  • The changes to your property valuations in 2018

Why the 5.7 per cent increase?

The cost of delivering our services and infrastructure - such as roads and storm water, is forecast to increase significantly.

We’ve been doing a lot of fine tuning to try and keep these costs low, but there are a lot of things we must do, either to keep our infrastructure working or to upgrade our services to meet new government standards.

The rates and fees we currently charge aren’t enough to cover these costs so, after seeking feedback from residents and ratepayers last year, a 5.76 per cent increase to non-water rates was set in the Long Term Plan. This was reduced to an average increase of 5.7 per cent in the Annual Plan for the 2019-20 year.

What’s the Long Term Plan?

Every three years we must prepare a Long Term Plan. It’s our key strategic planning document that sets out our priorities, what we intend to do, and how much it will cost, for the next ten-year period (or 30 years for our infrastructure assets). However, most of the detail is for the first three years of the plan.

What’s an Annual Plan?

The annual plan is council’s budget for one financial year, detailing how the council will fund projects, activities and services for that year. The Annual Plan only needs to go out for public feedback if it differs significantly from the Long Term Plan.

What else will the increase in rates be spent on?

In the longer term, we can expect a greater number of high spend items due to population growth, climate change and other natural hazards like storms, earthquakes and tsunami. We need to make sure we’re in a good financial position to deal with these types of events.

  • Population growth: Our population is growing, putting increased demands on some of our infrastructure, such as roading, waste-water and water supply.  We need to make sure this can cater for this growth. This includes upgrades to infrastructure, for example, new environmental regulations requiring upgrades to our wastewater plants will mean we have no extra capacity available in some of our schemes, and therefore won’t be able to give new properties the green light to connect.

  • Natural hazards and climate change: We need to consider how climate change and other natural hazards could affect our communities. More recent climate change forecasts anticipate the effects will be felt much earlier than we previously thought. Some of our services will be negatively affected by the forecasted sea level rise and will need to be upgraded or will have increased operating costs. Other natural events like storms, earthquakes and tsunami also pose risks so we need to ensure we are in a good financial position to deal with these events.

Also, while we’re facing an increase in costs, we’re reluctant to postpone some of the ‘nice to have’ projects that help keep our communities the vibrant places they are – things like main street upgrades and great community library spaces. After hearing your feedback last year, we’re continuing with some key projects and have put others on the back burner.

How will new property valuations affect my rates?

Valuations were carried out on all properties in the Hauraki District in 2018, which saw changes that will contribute to the changes in your rates depending on what kind of property you own – residential, lifestyle, commercial/industrial or rural.

We have no control over these property valuations, which are prepared by Quotable Value and independently audited.

What are the new property valuations?

Overall, residential property increased by 56 per cent since 2015; lifestyle property increased 40 per cent; and commercial and industrial property increased around 20 per cent. In the rural sector, the value of dairying land dropped around 4 percent.

Will my rates bill go up the same as my property valuation?

No. Remember, changes to property valuations make up just a part of your overall rates payment, so any increase or decrease in valuations will only affect part of your total rates invoice. 

Will council be collecting more rates because property valuations have increased?

No. Just because property valuations have increased, it doesn’t mean council will be collecting more rates. We collect the same overall dollar amount in the rates that are based on property valuations, but the proportion you pay might change depending on current valuations.

For example, because the value of residential land increased more than dairying land in 2018, residential ratepayers will pay a bigger share of the total rates bill than they did in 2015 when dairying land had a strong increase in value.

How are my rates put together?

Property valuations are just one of a number of factors we use to allocate rates. Your rates bill is made up of a number of different types of rates. Some of these are based on the capital value of your property.

General Rates

  • Are based in part on property valuations - properties benefit from or affect the need for services differently based on their value
  • Apply to all properties
  • Fund council services the whole district benefits from

Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC)

  • All properties pay the same amount regardless of property value
  • Applies to all properties
  • Funds council services the whole district benefits from

Targeted Rates

  • Are only charged to those who directly use specific council services
  • Examples include recycling, water supply and ward rates to support the facilities in your ward
  • Some targeted rates are based on property value and some are the same amount per property
Are there any other changes to my rates?

Yes. In our Long Term Plan we changed the way we fund some things to make it fairer. We’re moving 5 per cent of our general rate funding from uniform annual general charges (exactly the same amount for every property) to capital value charges (based on value of your property).

This means those with higher value properties will pay slightly more and those with lower value properties will pay a little less.

What if I’m having trouble paying my rates?

We’re always happy to discuss rates payment options/arrangements. We understand meeting rates payments can be difficult for some.

Apply for a rates rebate

If you’re on a low income, you may qualify for a rates rebate of up to $630. If your rates bill is in arrears you can still apply for a rates rebate.

Easypay

Hauraki District Council's rates easypay service (direct debit) is free to set up, and there are no additional bank transaction fees payable by you. You can choose to pay your rates weekly, fortnightly, monthly, or in instalments four times a year through automatic payments and direct debits.

Come and see us

If you are having difficulty meeting your rates instalments when they’re due, please come in and see us or give us a call.

What will my updated rates be after 1 July 2019?

Property rates haven’t been finalised yet, but the following table will give you an idea of what the new rates will be. For example, a rural property in the Plains or Paeroa wards worth $550,000 will have a 0.8 per cent increase in rates after 1 July, while a resident property in Waihi that’s worth $345,000 will see a 7.7 per cent increase. However, rates will drop 4.2 per cent for a commercial/industrial property in Paeroa worth $121,000.

Examples of changes to rates for 2019/2020:

Rural

Increase/decrease

Low value ($550,000)

 

Plains

0.8%

Paeroa

0.8%

Waihi

0.1%

Medium value ($1,570,000)

 

Plains

1.5%

Paeroa

0.6%

Waihi

0.4%

High value ($4,740,000)

 

Plains

1.9%

Paeroa

0.5%

Waihi

0.6%

 

Residential

 Increase/decrease

Low value ($210,000)

 

Plains

5.4%

Paeroa

6.0%

Waihi

5.1%

Medium value ($345,000)

 

Plains

8.1%

Paeroa

8.4%

Waihi

7.7%

High value ($550,000)

 

Plains

11.3%

Paeroa

11.3%

Waihi

10.8%

 

Commercial/Industrial

 Increase/decrease

Low value ($121,000)

 

Plains

5.1%

Paeroa

-3.2%

Waihi

-4.2%

Medium value ($330,000)

 

Plains

6.7%

Paeroa

-0.9%

Waihi

-2.2%

High value ($925,000)

 

Plains

9.1%

Paeroa

2.8%

Waihi

0.9%