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Rate Rebate

The Rates Rebate Scheme was established in 1973 to provide a subsidy to low-income homeowners on the cost of their rates. The Government has increased the rates rebate thresholds - more people than ever before will be eligible for the rebate.

The following changes came into effect on 1 July 2016:

  • Maximum rebate remains the same at $610
  • Income threshold increased from $24,440 to $24,470 p.a.
  • Additional income allowance for dependants remains at $500 per dependant.

Are you eligible?

Although a ratepayer's income might exceed the income threshold a rates rebate could still be available, depending on the rates amount and number of dependants - see the example tables or electronic calculator to see if you could be eligible.

How to apply

Ratepayers apply to their local council for a rates rebate. You can print and complete the following application form to apply. However, please wait until you get your 2015/16 rates bill before you see your council about a rebate.

 When applying for the rates rebate you will need:

  • Your Napier City Council rates invoice (Hawke's Bay Regional Council rates may also be included)
  • Details of your income (before tax) for the previous tax year
  • Proof of your partner/joint homeowner's income if he/she lives with you.

 Note: If your name is not on the rates bill you may qualify if you are a beneficial owner under the terms of a will or trust. Confirmation of this would be required. Please contact rates staff for assistance.

If you are granted a rates rebate the council will credit your rates account by the amount of the rebate.

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