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Napier City Council rates set

Napier City Council ratepayers will pay an average of 2.9 percent more for rates in the 2015/16 year.

An extraordinary council meeting was held yesterday (15 July) to set the rates. A one percent rise equals $18 per average residential ratepayer per year. Individual rate increases or decreases vary depending on circumstances.

Napier ratepayers still have some of the lowest average residential rates in the country. In the last residential rates survey commissioned by the Council, Napier had the lowest average residential rates when compared with nine other similar sized provincial cities.

With the re-valuation of the city in 2014, land values rose three percent on average across the city. The new values are effective from 1 July for rate setting. While most ratepayers whose re-valuation change was close to or about this number would not notice any major change, ratepayers in some suburbs of Napier would. For example, many property values in Ahuriri had risen by 15 to 25 percent, which would be reflected in their rates notices, while some Maraenui ratepayers would receive a decrease.

Rates were based on property valuations and they changed every three years, Napier Mayor Bill Dalton commented.

“The changes in Napier are however a lot lower compared to Auckland which is going through a rates harmonization process following amalgamation," Mr Dalton says.

Chief Executive Wayne Jack told the meeting that “Council’s rates revenue had not gone up due to the re-valuation as rating levels had been re-distributed across all areas”.

The first rates instalment notices for the 2015/16 year are due to go out next week. For more information about receiving rates notices by email, visit the Rates by Email page on our website. 

20 July 2015

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