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Rates Relief

Council has adopted three new policies as part of our Economic Recovery Action Plan, to assist eligible residential, rural and commercial property owners in their recovery from COVID-19 and the declared drought.

Rates Relief

2020 has been a challenging year and we understand that COVID-19 and the drought will be causing ongoing financial strain for many in our community. In response to these unprecedented events, Council has adopted three new policies as part of our Economic Recovery Action Plan, to assist eligible residential, rural and commercial property owners in their recovery from COVID-19 and the declared drought.

An overview of the three new policies is provided below with links to the individual policies. For full details and application forms click here 

 

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. Postponed rates will be postponed until a date specified by the Council or the death of the ratepayer or the ratepayers ceases to be the owner of the property or ceases to use the property as their primary residence.

• Are you a ratepayer who runs a business/farm from the property?
• Can demonstrate that you have been financially impacted due to the event and now face financial hardship?

Details of the full policy is available 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 must first approach your bank or financial advisor for either a mortgage, reverse mortgage, or annuity. If your application was declined, please provide a copy of the letter that outlines the reasons why. Applicants must provide evidence of having received budget advice from an approved budget advisory service. Even if rates are postponed, as a rule, the ratepayer will be required to pay the first $1000 of the annual rates assessment by setting up regular Direct Debit payments.

Details of the full policy is available here.

 

Remission of Rates 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. 

  • 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.

Details of the full policy is available here.

 

In addition to the above policies ratepayers may be entitled to a Rates Rebate. If you are receiving NZ Superannuation, WINZ benefits or have a combined income within a certain threshold, then you may be entitled to a Rates Rebate of up to $655! For more details click here.

If you need support with paying your rates, please reach out to our Council Rates team on 06 857 7738 and they will do all they can to assist.

 

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