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.

The amount of rates from existing rateable properties needed to maintain the current levels of service, and progress the works programme in the Annual Plan 2022/23, is 6.99% more than it was in 2021/22. In addition there are rates from new “growth” rating units. Much of the increase relates to allowing for the depreciation of assets and insurance.