Where will the money come from?

Proposed Rates Across the District

Rates will increase on average by 9.4% this year, of which 5% is due to inflation.

This is higher than the 7.8% we signalled for Year 2 in the Long-Term Plan. However, not everyone’s rates will increase by this amount. How much you pay depends on a number of things, such as:

  • Changes to the value of your property – including improvements or changes you’ve made;
  • the type of property you have; and
  • the services your property is rated for – such as whether you get kerbside rubbish collected.

To find out the rating valuation of your property, go to qv.co.nz and enter your property address.

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Tackling the Challenges?

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We look after about $878m worth of infrastructure, assets and facilities.
This includes roads, pipes, buildings and land, right down to the bins at the domain.

What are our costs?

As well as owning community assets and infrastructure, we also have responsibility for running, regulating and monitoring all the goings-on that contribute to where and how we live, work and play in our district.

We estimate this will cost $70.6 million over the next financial year, made up of both operating expenditure (our day-to-day running costs), and capital expenditure (costs to improve services and facilities).

The chart on the left shows how this expenditure is spread across the different activities we undertake.

Where will the money come from?

Generally, we collect rates to cover the cost of our operating expenditure. Loans, depreciation (a funded operating expense) and reserves fund our capital projects.

This year, however, we are using some reserves to help offset the general rate.

We use fees and charges to collect costs directly from individuals who use a specific service, for example acquiring a building consent or registering a dog. We also try to get grants and subsidies where we can – such as funding from Waka Kotahi for roading projects.

Finally we also have investments that give us a return, such as our forestry operations. All of this helps to reduce how much we need from rates and loans.

Proposed Fees and Charges

To view the list of proposed changes to fees and charges for the 22/23 Financial Year, see page 130 of the the draft Annual Plan document.

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