Wairoa District Council is engaging with the community to look at the distribution of rates across the entire district.
A new rating model reflecting Council’s goal of a less complex system that is affordable and appropriate was adopted by councillors at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday 12 January.
As part of our rates review we have invited people to be part of the process. Reviewing the distribution of Wairoa’s rates is a big task and ensuring our community has a voice and is listened to is important to us.
The key objectives are that our rating system is SIMPLE, AFFORDABLE and APPROPRIATE.
Councillors met on Tuesday December 22 to deliberate on the Rates Review proposal and resolved to maintain the following factors from the statement of proposal:
They also passed a resolution to further investigate adjusting the differential factors applied to the Capital Value based General Rate. This could see variations to the proposal with forestry moving from 3.32 to 4.0 and rural dropping from 1.0 to 0.8 and the commercial sector (1.6) and residential (1.0) remaining the same.
This model reduces the adverse impact on the rural sector and could include the possibility of an additional differential for high value residential rating units.
Another Extraordinary Council meeting will be held at 1.30pm on Tuesday January 12, 2021.
During pre-engagement, Council asked the following five questions.
We have had a number of community workshops during September and October as part of the pre-engagement period.
The Engagement Plan below outlines all the community meetings and caravan sessions we've had during the public consultation period. We thank everybody that came to say hello and gave us their feedback.
Submissions for the Rates Review have now closed.
Hearings on oral submissions were held on Tuesday December 15 & Wednesday December 16.
The purpose of the Rates Rebate Scheme is to provide a subsidy to low income home owners on the cost of their rates. The maximum rebate for this rating year is $655. Click here for more information.
You must be the legal ratepayer for the property that was your home on 1 July 2020. The deadline for applications is 30 June, 2021.
You may apply for a rates rebate by returning a completed application form to the Council's Administration Offices - Queen Street, Wairoa. Just click the button below.
If you have any questions about this review or the submission process please contact us on +64 6 838 7309.
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