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Remission of Rates Policy (Financial Hardship Due to COVID-19)

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.

Please provide your feedback on this policy via submission.

Submissions close midnight, Tuesday 14 July 2020.

Background

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. 

These include:

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: We are currently consulting on this policy. Details can be found below. 

  

Remission of Rates Policy:

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.

Important information

  • To be eligible for this remission the primary use of the property (as defined by Quotable Value) must be residential or lifestyle.     
  • Commercial property owners, residential and commercial landlords, and rural ratepayers are not eligible for this remission. They should apply for relief under the Rates Postponement Natural Calamities Policy.
  • This  $200 (GST Inclusive) remission is available to the first 1,000 eligible applicants and is only available for the 2020/2021 rating year.   
  • A ratepayer making an application must be the registered owner and occupier during the period for which rates relief is sought.
  • The ratepayer must supply sufficient evidence to satisfy the Council that extreme financial hardship exits. Examples of this would include, but not be limited to:

        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

  • Council will consider, on a case by case basis, applications received that meet the criteria described in the paragraphs (a)-(d) under this Policy.  
  • If the applicant is eligible for a Central Government Rates Rebate and has not already applied, then such application must be made at the time of applying for rates relief due to financial hardship.

Submissions

Please note submissions are due no later than midnight, Tuesday 14 July 2020.

You can make a submission online using the form below.

Or, if you'd prefer to make a written submission please click to download the printable form, or pick up a copy from the Council office, Waipawa Library, or Waipukurau Pop-up Service Centre. 

Online submission form

Follow this link if the form fails to load. online form.

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