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Proposed Differential Categories

Proposed changes to rates, rates remission and postponement policies as detailed below:

Basis of rating for General Rate

Land value – no proposed change.

Differential Categories for General Rate

Council proposes a reduction in the number of differential categories from 6 to 3.

Current Differentials 2020/21   Proposed Differentials 2021/22
City Residential  100% No change City Residential  100%
Commercial & Industrial 268.09% Reduction of differential Commercial & Industrial 250%
Miscellaneous  100% Those properties that are not defined as Commercial & Industrial are now included in Residential / Other    
Ex-City Rural  63.47% Reallocated to either Residential / Other, Commercial & Industrial or Rural (based on size) Rural  85%
Other Rural  63.47%
Bay View  72.80% Reallocated to either Residential / Other or Commercial & Industrial     

The supporting definitions have been changed to:

1. Residential and Other

Any property that is not defined as Commercial & Industrial, or Rural.

2. Commercial & Industrial

Any property that is in a commercial or industrial zone under the District Plan or used for any business activities, except properties categorised as Rural. (note – there is a proposed remission policy for those properties which are used for residential purposes within the commercial or industrial zones which have a complying building consent).

3. Rural 

Any Rating Unit with an area of 5 hectares or more that is used mainly for land based agricultural or farming activities and the value of improvements does not exceed the value of the land.  (note: there is a remission for Rating Units of less than 5 hectares that are used mainly for land based agriculture or farming activities).

Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC) is set to ensure that the total (excluding water and wastewater rates) uniform (or fixed) rates will be between 20% to 25% of total rates collected.

No proposed change

New rate based on differential capital value.

Previously the costs of Stormwater were recovered from all ratepayers through the General Rate.  We are proposing a new Differential Stormwater Rate to be based on the Capital Value for all Residential and Commercial & Industrial properties within the recognised urban limit. 

Commercial & Industrial properties will be charged a differential of 250% because of the density of development and the lack of permeable surface area compared with Residential properties.

Note: Rural properties will not be changed this rate.

City Water Rate

This targeted rate is applied as a fixed amount to each Separately Used or Inhabited Part of a Rating Unit that is connected to or able to be connected to, Council’s city water supply system.

We are proposing that properties which are not connected but are within 100 metres of a water main will now pay 70% of the connected rate. This was previously 50%. This covers our fixed costs of providing and maintaining the water network.

Fire Protection Rate

This Targeted Rate is applied differentially based on the Capital Value of properties connected to, or able to be connected to, Council’s city water supply system.

We are proposing that properties which are not connected but are within 100 metres of a water main will now pay 70% of the connected rate. This was previously 50%.

Water by Meter Charges

The rate, which is based on actual water use above the first 300m3 per annum, will be charged to metered properties to which this rate applies.

No proposed change.

We are proposing a Wastewater Rate to replace the current Sewerage Targeted Rate. It will be charged differentially based on the service provided and number of pans.

Change

A fixed rate is proposed to be applied to each water closet or urinal (pans) within a property, rather than the existing approach of charging based on the number of separately used or inhabited parts of a Rating Unit. Rating Units used primarily as a residence for one household will be treated as having one pan

Those properties which are not connected but within 30m of a wastewater main will now pay 70% (previously 50%) of the connected rate. This covers Council’s fixed costs of providing and maintaining the water network.

Bay View Sewerage Connection Rate

This targeted rate is a fixed amount. It is applied to each Rating Unit connected to the Bay View Sewerage Scheme, where the lump sum payment option was not elected.

No proposed change

Refuse Collection and Disposal Rate

This targeted rate of a fixed amount charged differentially to each separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit based on the service provided.

Minor change to reflect current practice for CBD area.

Kerbside Recycling Rate

This targeted rate of a fixed amount is charged to each Separately Used or Inhabited Part of a Rating Unit based on the service provided.

No proposed change.

CBD Off Street Car Parking Rate

A Targeted Rate charged differentially based on land value.

No proposed change.

Taradale Off Street Car Parking Rate

A Targeted Rate based on land value

No proposed change.

Suburban Off Street Car Parking Rate

A Targeted Rate based on land value

No proposed change.

CBD Promotion Rate targeted rate based on land value

No proposed change.

Taradale Promotion Rate targeted rate based on land value

No proposed change.

Swimming Pool Safety Rate Targeted Rate charged on a uniform basis, applied to each Rating Unit with a residential pool or small heated pool.

No proposed change

Proposed amendment

Any part of a rating unit that is, or is able to be, separately used or inhabited by the owner or by any other person or body having the right to use or inhabit that part by virtue of a tenancy, lease, licence or other agreement.

This now includes all properties including residential properties where there is more than one dwelling used by the same family unit.  However, we are proposing an amendment to the Rates Remission Policy to enable family units to apply for a remission.

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