Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

ARC rating policy up for comment

ARC rating policy up for comment

Regional ratepayers are being asked for their opinion on how their rates should be spread across the region.

The ARC Draft Regional Community Plan, Your Region, Your Future, sets out a proposed rating method together with three variations.

Current rating policy

The ARC general rate and targeted transport rates are based on capital value of properties. The biosecurity rate, which is for plant and animal pest control work, is based on land value. Approximately 12% of transport rates are included in the general rate, which is paid by all ratepayers.

The targeted transport rate is split into two parts, and is only charged to those properties within the Passenger Transport Rateable Area (PTRA). The Passenger Transport Network Rate, which covers the general costs of running the regional public transport network, is spread evenly across all properties within the PTRA. The Passenger Transport Services Rate is divided between the seven local council areas based on the relative proportion of passenger trips made on public transport that start or finish within each area.

Proposed rating method – same as last year

The Draft Regional Community Plan proposes to divide the total transport rate among the seven local council areas in the same way as last year. The general rate and biosecurity rate will also be based on the current policy.

In addition, some small changes are proposed to the PTRA based on feedback from the community. A map is available showing the revised PTRA.

The Draft Plan indicated an average 3.2% increase for every ratepayer, however Papakura and Franklin ratepayers may have a rates increase above the average increase due to recent property re-valuations that have occurred in these districts.

Variation One

This variation is the same as the proposed rating method, but introduces a new 1.5 times differential to business properties only. Under this option, most residential ratepayers would have a decrease in rates of around 3%-7%, while business ratepayers would have an increase of around 48%.

Variation Two

This variation is the same as the proposed method for the general and biosecurity rates but, in line with community feedback received late last year, includes a new rating model for spreading transport rates. Under variation two, 20% of transport costs would be included in the general rate and spread across the whole region to reflect the regional benefits of public transport. The remaining 80% would be spread across four rating areas and would include differentials related to the different levels of public transport in each area. The four areas are:

Inner urban: 1.25 differential

Metropolitan: 1.0 differential

Settlements: 0.5 differential

Rural: pay no targeted transport rate

A map is available indicating the proposed four levels. Under variation two, the boundaries would be reviewed every three years to incorporate changes to public transport services.

Under this variation, almost all ratepayers would have either a decrease or increase over 3.2%. Waiheke Island and Waiuku ratepayers would have a significant increase, as they would be paying targeted transport rates for the first time.

Properties paying the targeted transport rate for the first time could have that rate phased over three years to help reduce large rates increases.

Variation Three

This is the same as variation two, but also includes a 1.5 times business property differential. Most residential ratepayers would pay less, with decreases of up to 34.7%. Almost all business ratepayers would have increases of up to 63.7%.

As with variation two, properties paying targeted transport rates for the first time could have that rate phased over three years to help reduce large rates increases.

Estimating rates

The ARC rates estimator, which allows people to estimate what their rates would be under the proposed method and three variations, is available on www.arc.govt.nz. The estimator is an approximation only, and final rates bills may differ slightly from that indicated.

This year ARC is making it easier for everyone to give their point of view. By logging on to www.getinvolved.co.nz, people can complete a quick on-line survey and let us know how they want the rates spread and if they support a $10 flat charge for buying new parkland. People can also do the survey over the phone, through 968 3254, or for those outside the local Auckland calling area, call tollfree 0508 968 7729 (0508 YOURSAY).

This survey is also included in ARC’s newspaper, RegionWide, which will be inserted in local papers during the week of 5 April.

The maps, draft plan and summary are available on the ARC website, http://www.arc.govt.nz/arc/about-arc/regional-community-plan/draft-regional-community-plan-2004-14-downloads-and-information.cfm

and printable versions of the maps are avaiable from Jo Mackay.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election