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Introduction

The last major review of our rating system took place in 2002. We have recently reviewed our policies and believe that the way activities are funded and rated no longer reflects Napier’s current residential, commercial and rural zones. We also believe that the way we fund Council activities (such as the sewerage network, or the library) no longer reflects how our city’s services or facilities are used today.

We are reviewing an important foundation policy – the Revenue and Financing Policy and Council’s rating policies. Our proposed changes aim to achieve greater consistency between ratepayers – by making sure that similar properties pay similar rates.

The review of the Revenue and Financing Policy affects other policies, so we are also reviewing the Rates Remission Policy and Rates Postponement Policy. The Revenue and Financing Policy is implemented through the Rating Policy and the annual Funding Impact Statement which provides details on all rates.

A glossary and list of policy definitions is included to explain some of the terms used and policies discussed.

 

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