Rating levels are primarily driven by levels of service. That is, a reduction in a level of service means that Council is doing less and, therefore, costs and associated funding requirements (e.g. rates) will decrease. An increase in a level of service provided by Council will generally mean an increase in costs and rates required.
The various rates are set out in the Funding Impact Statement included in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan (LTP). The total rate requirement as forecast for year 1 (2018/19) of the 2018-2028 LTP has increased by 3.95% when compared to the last financial year. You can view full details of the Funding Impact Statement and Council's Financial Strategy in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan (PDF, 5MB).
The rates and charges are detailed exclusive of GST.
Setting of Rates
Each property in the district pays toward the provision of facilities and services for the community by way of rates.
All rateable properties pay a Uniform Annual General Charge which is the same amount for all properties. They also pay General Rates which are calculated on the capital value of the property.
Where services are provided to some areas of the district and not in others or where Council believes there is a greater benefit to some properties, a Targeted Rate is applied to those properties that have access to or benefit from a particular service. More information on the sources of the Opotiki District Council funding is contained in the following information.
Rating resolution for 2018/19
1 GENERAL RATES
(a) General Rate
Pursuant to Section 13 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, a general rate of 0.3481 cents in the Dollar of Capital Value on all rateable rating units in the Opotiki District.
|Revenue Sought ||$6,762,452|
(b) Uniform Annual General Charge
Pursuant to Section 15 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, a uniform annual general charge of $416.58 on every rateable rating unit in the district.
2 TARGETED RATES
(a) Water Supply Charges
Pursuant to Section 16 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, a targeted rate for water supply shall be set within the following water supply areas as follows:
|(i) A full charge for the ordinary supply of water in respect of each separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit to which water is supplied.|
|(ii) A half charge in respect of every rating unit to which water can be, but is not supplied, situated within 100m of any part of the waterworks.|
Pursuant to section 19 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, a targeted rate for water supplied by meter is applied as well as the connection charge outlined above as follows:
Any property that is connected to one of the above water supplies where there is a water meter, the metered volumes of water used shall be charged at the following rates per cubic meter:
(b) Sewerage Drainage Charges
Pursuant to Sections 16 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, a targeted rate shall be set in each urban drainage area as follows:
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|(i) One full charge in respect of every separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit connected to a public sewerage drain.|
|(ii) Half of the full charge in respect of each rating unit to which sewer drainage can be, but is not connected, situated within 30m from any part of the public sewerage drain.|
|(iii)80% of the full charge in respect of every separate toilet pan, water closet, or urinal where there are multiple connections on one rating unit.|
A residence of not more than one household shall be deemed to have not more than one water closet, toilet pan, or urinal.
(c) Waioeka Wastewater Extension
Pursuant to Sections 16 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, a targeted rate shall be set as a fixed amount per rating unit connected to the Waioeka Wastewater Extension of $18,643.
(d) Kerbside Refuse Collection Charge
Pursuant to Section 16 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, a targeted rate for kerbside refuse collection within the defined Ōpōtiki Ward and Waiotahi/Waioeka Ward collection areas set as follows:
- A full charge of $119.53 per separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit (except those not used or inhabited) within the defined Ward collection areas
- A half charge of $59.77 per rating unit that is not used or inhabited within the defined Ward collection areas.
| (e) Communities of interest|
Pursuant to Section 16 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, a communities of interest targeted rate set as an amount per rating unit as follows:
3 INSTALMENT DATES
That the Opotiki District Council resolves that all rates are payable in four equal instalments, due on or before:
- Instalment One: 24 August, 2018
- Instalment Two: 23 November, 2018
- Instalment Three: 22 February, 2019
- Instalment Four: 24 May, 2019
That the Ōpōtiki District Council resolve that all metered water charges are payable in six monthly instalments based on usage, due on or before:
- Instalment One: 19 December, 2018
- Instalment Two: 19 June, 2019
4 ADDITIONAL CHARGES ON UNPAID RATES
That the Opotiki District Council authorise the addition of penalties to unpaid rates in accordance with the following regime:
Under the provisions of Sections 57 and 58 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, a penalty of 10% will be added to the amount of the first instalment of rates remaining unpaid after the due date, on 31 August, 2018; of the second instalment of rates remaining unpaid after the due date, on 30 November, 2018; of the third instalment of rates remaining unpaid after the due date, on 28 February, 2019; and of the fourth instalment of rates remaining unpaid after the due date, on 31 May, 2019.
5 GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
The rates stated above are exclusive of goods and services tax payable. GST should be applied at the current rate of 15% to rates payable on invoices and to any voluntary prepayments made.