Rates Information – What It Means For You #AKLPols

Incoming Rates owing to 2015-2025 Long Term Plan

Today your new Rating regime begins thanks to the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan going live at the beginning of the month. You can now see what your new Rates bill is most likely to be like with notices going out next month.

Below is information on the new Rating regime:

Rates 2015/16 Fact Sheet

A number of recent decisions made during the 10-year budget process by Auckland Council will affect this year’s rates bills. Below is a summary of these changes:

Rates increases:

The average general rates increase, which is the overall amount that we receive from residential, business and farm / lifestyle rates, is 2.5 per cent. This is an average increase of 4.2 percent for residential, 1.4 per cent for business and a decrease of 9.7 per cent for farm / lifestyle properties.

Residential rates increases and decreases are no longer capped. The average residential rates increase from next year (2016/17) will be between 3.7 to 4 per cent.

Why the increase?

The Auckland region is the fastest-growing in New Zealand. The population is expected to reach 2.2 million in the next three decades. More people want to live and work here than anywhere else in the country. Our economy is booming; GDP grew at 3.7 per cent in the past year and 37,000 new jobs were created. There is a need for investment in the growth of our local communities and the region as a whole, while making sure this remains an affordable place to live for all Aucklanders.

Revaluation:

Auckland properties underwent a three-yearly revaluation in 2014. Property values determine the share of rates Aucklanders will pay from July 2015. All local authorities, including Auckland Council, do this to help set the rates.

A change in a property’s capital value does not automatically mean the rates for the property will increase or decrease.

Property values don’t determine the amount of rates we collect, just how they are shared out among ratepayers.

One system of rates:

Over the past three years Auckland has moved from seven different ratings systems, inherited from the previous councils, to one.

Auckland’s single-rating system means from this year, everyone pays rates on the same basis, no matter where they live. All business ratepayers moved to their new rates amount last year (2014/2015). Residential ratepayers move to their new amounts this year, meaning rates increases and decreases are no longer capped.

For example, from this year a $750,000 property in Waitakere will pay the same rates as a $750,000 property in Orakei

Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC):

The UAGC was increased from $373.35 to $385 (including GST), which is the fixed portion of rates that is paid by everyone.

What do rates pay for?

Services and amenities used daily by all Aucklanders. More information is available on the Auckland Council website.

Examples: Footpaths, libraries and recreation centres.

 

Transport levy:

Auckland Council has opted for an interim transport levy for the next three years. This will be a fixed charge as part of everyone’s rates bill. This works out to $113.85 (incl. GST) or $2.19 per week for non-business (residential and farm/lifestyle) ratepayers and $182.85 (incl. GST) or $3.52 per week for business ratepayers.

The interim Transport Levy will raise $186 million over the next three years and be used on specific transport projects. NZTA is contributing $215m and we’re using an additional $122m from debt on top of the $186m, to see a total of $523m invested during that time.

What help does the council offer to pay rates?

For people who may struggle to pay their rates bills this year, Auckland Council offers a range of options to help ease or postpone payments for residents. In some cases people may be eligible for a rates rebate.

Aucklanders can call council on 301 0101 to discuss their eligibility. The rebate scheme is administered by Auckland Council. More information is on the Department of Internal Affairs’ website.

Where can Aucklanders find out about their rates?

From July 15, the ratings information database will be available on council’s website for ratepayers to find out their exact rates bill for 2015/16.

Go to http://aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ rates for details.

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LTP increases Source: Auckland Council
LTP increases
Source: Auckland Council

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More Information or Updates:

Response to rates media coverage

Matthew Walker, General Manager for Financial Plan, Policy and Budget says:

“We take our responsibility to communicate with Auckland ratepayers seriously and make no apology for calling those most affected by the changes to this year’s rates.

“In this case, the calls were an opportunity to explain a complex set of changes to those affected the most, and to make sure they knew what help and support was available where they may have difficulty paying.

“While a direct call may not be welcomed by everyone, the overwhelming response has been that people appreciate council reaching out to them directly on an important issue.”

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Ratepayers whinge you don’t contact them when something changes and now some whinge they do get contacted when things change. Oh grow up seriously you lot….

Aucklanders to find out rates 9am today

Auckland ratepayers will be able to find out their rates for 2015/16 on Auckland Council’s website from tomorrow.

The ratings information database (RID) will be live at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rates from 9am where property owners can enter their address details and find out their rates. Information on payment options and assistance is also available online.

Due to expected high interest, the council is asking ratepayers to remain patient and check their rates either tomorrow night or over the next couple of days.

Of the approximately 454,000 residential properties in Auckland, the council estimates two per cent, or around 9,000 residences, will receive an increase of more than $1000.

It also estimates that 11.3 per cent, or around 51,000 ratepayers will receive a rates decrease, with 79.5 per cent set for an increase under $500 and 7.2 per cent to receive an increase of between $500 to $1000.

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The next Long Term Plan comes up for debate in 2018.