The effects of COVID-19 have resulted in significant financial and social strain for many in our community. In light of this, Council is proposing to provide rating relief to residential / lifestyle property owners where, due to COVID-19, the full payment of rates would otherwise cause extreme financial hardship.
Submissions have now closed. A copy of the adopted policy including the application form can be found here: https://www.chbdc.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Remission-of-Rates-Financial-Hardship-due-to-Covid-19.pdf
Central Hawke's Bay District Council acknowledges the severe impact the twin-blows of COVID-19 and the Drought have had on the community. Through the Economic Recovery Plan adopted in April, Council has introduced multiple policies to support people financially.
Rates Postponement Natural Calamities Policy: To provide rating relief to commercial property owners who need additional time to pay their rates due to financial hardship caused by a declared event. You can read the policy here.
Rates Postponement for Financial Hardship Policy: To provide rating relief to property owners who need additional time to pay their rates due to their financial circumstances. You can read the full policy here.
Remission of Rates Policy: Consultation has now closed. Details on the proposed policy can be found below. You can read the full policy here.
For more information on all of the above policies including application forms click here
Purpose of this policy
To provide rating relief to residential / lifestyle property owners where, due to COVID-19, the full payment of rates would otherwise cause extreme financial hardship.
a. Evidence of loss of employment; or
b. Evidence of salary/wage reduction for a period; or
c. Evidence of a qualification for a mortgage “holiday” from the bank being granted; or
d. Evidence of a new/changed WINZ entitlement
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