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“During these challenging times, we are very aware of the costs facing our community, and we’ve done our very best to keep the projected rates increase as low and fair as possible for 2022/23”, said Hauraki District mayor, Toby Adams.

 Overall rates increase of 3.95 percent proposed for 2022/2023 

“With an average per property increase of 3.95 percent proposed, we think we’ve achieved that. We hope this will be of some good news as we look around the country and see other councils presenting increases of over 10 per cent”,  he said.

 Hauraki District Council also wants to ensure rates are as fair as possible and as part of their consultation on the Draft Annual Plan 2022/23 they are proposing just that. 

Separately Used and Inhabited Parts (SUIPS)

Mayor Adams said that to ensure property owners that only have one dwelling on their property aren’t subsidising the costs of those with multiple dwellings, Council is proposing to set charges per each inhabited part of a property (such as a dwelling or a flat).

 “The technical term for this is Separately Used and Inhabited Parts (also known as SUIPs). SUIPS sounds similar to the anagram for Stand up Paddleboards (SUPS) but the only thing they have in common is getting the balance right. We’re proposing to charge a Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC) rate against each SUIP, rather than charging per property to make it fairer and more equitable for everyone”, said Mayor Adams.

 “Currently we only charge one UAGC against a property, no matter how many dwellings or businesses it contains. By charging a UAGC on each separate dwelling/business on the same property it means that each household/business will pay their fair share of the cost of services covered by the rate.”

 The UAGC is the one-off rate that all properties pay regardless of their size and it is used to fund activities that deliver benefit to the whole district. For example, the UAGC covers most of the operating costs of running the libraries, swimming pools, the Memorial halls and cemeteries and it partly contributes to a number of activities such as footpaths, road safety initiatives, and emergency management.

More slices from the same pie

“Introducing SUIPs doesn’t affect the total amount of rates that Council collects, it’s just a different way of ‘slicing up the pie’. Because there are more separate parts than there are properties, there’ll be more slices of the same pie compared to last year. More individual slices/payments means the UAGC that all properties have to pay would reduce and the same applies to the Ward Annual Charges”, said Mayor Adams.

 

Annual Plan   row of houses graphic

Ninety four percent of properties will see a reduction in their UAGC rate

Ninety four per cent of properties in the Hauraki District only have one dwelling on them. This proposal means these property owners will pay less (approximately $90) than they did in 2021/22 for the UAGC portion of their rates, while the remaining 6 per cent of properties with multiple SUIP’s will pay more (approximately $930 per SUIP). Our proposal does not change the way capital value or land value rates are charged. These would continue to be charged on the value of the property.

Annual Plan   graphic of savings

 Exceptions to the rule

“We understand there are going to be exceptions, so we’re also proposing to introduce a policy that would remit some of these extra charges where the second part of a residential property is occupied by family or friends who aren’t charged rent”, said Mayor Adams.“

 These proposed changes form part of the Council’s Draft 2022/23 Annual Plan consultation. Feedback opens on 1 April and closes at 4.00pm on 2 May 2022.

 Look out for a detailed flyer in your letterbox or email inbox

“To make sure our community gets the full picture, we’ve got a flyer coming out to each ratepayer in the next week or so. Keep a look out for it in your post box or in your email inbox and be sure to give us your feedback.”

 Head to our We Need to Talk page for more information and for ways to provide feedback or view a copy of the consultation documents at our offices or libraries.

Annual Plan   We need to talk consultation