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How Your Rates Are Calcutated

Council provides local public services and infrastructure that the community needs to survive and prosper. Providing these services comes at a cost and a large portion is collected from the rates that Council charges property owners.

Rates are a property tax that is charged each year by the Council.

Council decides what services it will provide in the future and how much it will cost. The cost is then allocated over the properties in the district.

Changes in rates can be because of changes to buildings (or other improvements) or land values, changes in Council costs, and changes in the services provided (amongst other reasons).

Our Rating System is driven by legislation and forms a part of the Funding Impact Statement and should be read in conjunction with the Council's Revenue and Financing Policy.

Types of rates

  • General Rates - generally used by the Council to fund activities that are of public benefit and cannot be charged to specific users
  • Targeted Rates - generally used by Council to fund specific activities.

General Rates

  • General rates are set by council and assessed on capital value (CV) on all rating units in the district on a differential basis. The CV of the relevant rating unit is multiplied by the relevant rate in the $ depending on the rating unit’s differential category.
  • Uniform Annual General Charge is assessed on all rating units in the district as a fixed amount per separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit.

Targeted Rates

  • Parks, Reserves and Sportsgrounds Uniform Targeted Rate is assessed on all rating units in the district as a fixed amount
  • Roading Uniform Targeted Rate is assessed on all rating units in the district as a fixed amount
  • Parks, Reserves and Sportsgrounds Targeted Rate is assessed on all rating units in the district on a differential basis.
  • Roading Targeted Rate is assessed on all rating units in the district on a differential basis.
  • Makino Aquatic Centre Targeted Rate is assessed on all rating units in the district on a differential basis.
  • Library Targeted Rate is assessed on all rating units in the district on a differential basis

You may be invoiced for certain targeted rates if the benefit or use of a service is applied to your community or rating unit.

The following Targeted Rates may apply to your property:

  • Kerbside Recycling Targeted Rate is assessed on all rating units in the district as a fixed amount per separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit that have the kerbside recycling service available (excluding vacant land)
  • Feilding CBD Redevelopment Targeted Rate is assessed on all rating units in the Feilding CBD differential category.
  • Feilding CBD Security Targeted Rate is assessed on all rating units in the Feilding CBD differential category as a fixed amount per separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit.
  • Ultra-Fast Broadband Infrastructure Targeted Rate is assessed on all rating units in Kawakawa Road/Darragh Road industrial area within 10 metres of the Ultra-Fast Broadband infrastructure as a fixed amount per separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit.
  • Stormwater Targeted Rate is assessed on all rating units within the Feilding Differential Rating Area AND all rating units zoned as “village” in the district plan located in Rongotea, Sanson, Himatangi Beach, Tangimoana, Halcombe and Cheltenham.  This rate is a fixed amount per rating unit.
  • Rural Land Drainage Targeted Rates  assessed on all rating units that are part of one or more of the drainage schemes on a differential basis, based on the land value (LV) of the rating unit. Details scheme maps are available at Council’s office.
  • Wastewater Disposal Targeted Rate  is assessed on all rating units either connected, or capable of connection, to the Council’s wastewater system, and is assessed on differential basis bases on the level of wastewater service provided to the rating unit.
  • Water Supply Targeted Rate – Urban  is assessed on all rating units either connected, or capable of connection, to the Council’s water system, and is assessed on differential basis based on the level of water service provided to the rating unit.
  • Volumetric Water Charges (water by meter) are assessed on rating units that are extraordinary water supply users (as defined in Council’s Bylaws) and those that have chosen volumetric charging.
  • Water Supply Targeted Rate – Rural is assessed on all rating units in the water schemes listed below, based on the units allocated/supplied:
    • Stanway/Halcombe Rural Water Scheme
    • Waituna West Rural Water Scheme
    • Kiwitea Rural Water Scheme
    For supply areas with metered water wanting to know more about the rate per cubic meter and supply/connection charge, read about water rates.