68% get a rise under $500/year
Yesterday and as was expected some quarters were being rather conservative with the raw facts coming out of the Governing Body that passed the Long Term Plan on Friday.
Residential rates 2015-16 – impact on households
The following outlines the estimated impact of rates changes for 2015-16 on residential ratepayers. The final numbers, including for individual ratepayers, will be available from 15 July. These figures are an estimate only.
Of the approximately 454,000 residential properties in Auckland, the council estimates approximately two per cent, or around 9,000 residences, will receive an increase of more than $1000.
At the same time, approximately 22.5 per cent of Aucklanders will get a rates decrease, 68 per cent will get an increase under $500 and 7.5 per cent will get an increase of between $500 to $1000 (based on rates data as at 1 May 2015).
This is due to a number of factors:
- Auckland completes its three-year move to a single rates system, making rates fairer because residential properties of a similar value will be charged a similar amount of general rates, no matter where they are in Auckland
- the increase in general rates of 2.5 per cent which funds a basic transport programme as well as paying for the hundreds of essential day-to-day services the council provides, including rubbish and recycling collections, public transport improvements, roads and footpaths, libraries, park, sports field and beach maintenance, swimming and recreation facilities, and much more
- the inclusion of the Interim Transport Levy, which will help to enable a number of critical transport projects across the region, helping to keep Auckland moving.
- and other changes which are specific to properties which could be affected by factors such as:
- the property’s value, based on the 2014 revaluation
- the end of the transition to the single rates system, which means rates increases and decreases are no longer capped.
Auckland Council offers a number of options for Auckland’s residential ratepayers who may be facing higher rates bills, particularly as a result of recent revaluations.
Ratepayers can spread payments over the year by weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments via direct debit.
Central government has a rates rebate available up to $610, for those people whose rates are high in relation to their income, and with only a third of all eligible Aucklanders applying for this so far, we strongly encourage people to contact council to find out more.
But for people who may not qualify, we also offer a rates postponement scheme for residents who live in their own home. This enables all or a portion of rates to be deferred until the ratepayer no longer lives there.
We also provide extra assistance for elderly who qualify as residents of license to occupy retirement villages. We encourage ratepayers to contact Council to find out more about the assistance available.
The following graphic was also provided:
The one that should be pointed out is the 22% of ratepayers who get a decrease:
I have received various amounts of feedback since the Long Term Plan was ratified on Thursday. It has come from both Liberal and Conservative sides of the coin and has been measured and reasoned. Whether they are on the support or opposition side the one key aspect was fleshed out.
It seems we are all Councillor Christine Fletcher. Meaning we are disappointed in the Long Term Plan in itself. I am with its crudeness and not really having the City Building OMMPH I am looking for especially with the South. This is coupled with knowing (as again Chris Fletcher does) what is coming for the South over the next ten years. The Spatial Priorities which the South has five are not inspiring confidence right now. Not with what is coming through the Unitary Plan Hearings.
But the Transport Levy we have mostly come to accept if we want things done. Again if our Governments were more proactive like New South Wales and Victoria who are committing billions to transport and planning projects we would not be in this mess with Levy’s or substandard public transport systems.
In short from what I have seen we are a NO to the Long Term Plan but a Yes (rather reluctantly as well) to the Transport Levy.
I leave you with this comment in reply to the proceedings on Thursday:
One of the things I have learned about Leadership is “it is vitally important to always take your people with you.” It’s actually a vitally important principle for a Leader to apply, because if he/she doesn’t do this, they end up being a weird little guy wandering around up front, all alone, with their followers nowhere to be seen.
Some elected members have applied this principle well. Others have not. On this particular issue, it was very clear which elected members had taken the time to bring their communities along with them, and which were merely grandstanding, and which were merely weird little guys wandering around up front, all alone.
There were some impressive speeches made — some of the words spoken were Gospel Truth. However, it’s important to search behind the words for the deeds, and to look ahead of the promises for the deliveries — because talk is cheap, and it always has been. This is why I took careful notes.
Much of the unpleasantness we saw yesterday could have been avoided with proper leadership. Unfortunately, that needed to be applied consistently over time, and not merely on the day for the cameras. Leadership is earned by example, and not allocated by anointment.
It remains to be seen how well this all pans out. Given the SuperCity’s delivery history so far, we can only hope for improvement because transit in our city couldn’t get too much worse.