How your rates are calculated

Hastings District Council's rates are charged based on property values, rating areas and targeted rates.

Property valued are supplied by Quotable Value Limited

The rating system is the mechanism by which the net funding requirements of the Council's programmed works and services detailed in this year's Long Term Plan are charged to the district's ratepayers. Rates are levied as a tax on property in compliance with the statutory provisions of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002.

Two methods are used to determine the allocation of cost to an individual property:

  1.   Rating Areas
  2.   Differential Rating

Rating areas

Hastings District is divided into two distinct rating areas - Rating Area One Urban and Rating Area Two Rural. 

The rating areas are based on:

  • The definition of an urban area with a boundary based on effective daily links to the city from Statistics New Zealand
  • Relative opportunity to use urban based facilities within an approximate 10-15 minute radius of the city
  • Hastings District Council planning zones, which influence the opportunity to use land
  • The types of land use within the district

Map of rating areas

The costs of the Council's various activities are apportioned into the two rating groups using agreed formulae which reflect, as near as possible, the costs of providing services to each of these areas.

Some costs in Rating Area 2 (such as Community Service Facilities) are apportioned on a discounted basis to reflect remoteness and access to these facilities. 

Differential rating

Within each rating area in the District, the Council recovers the general rate requirement on a differential basis on the land value of a property.

Rates (cents per dollar of land value) for 2017/18 are:

Differential group name

Cents per dollar LV

Differential Rating Area One Uban
Residential 0.5679
Residential Clive 0.4600
Residential Non Urban (Including Townships & Small Settlements) 0.4316
Horticulture/Farming 0.3862
CBD Commercial 1.7037
Other Commercial 1.5617
Commercial Non Urban- Peripheral 1.3346
Differential Rating Area Two
Residential 0.2293
Lifestyle/Horticulture/Farming 0.2698
Commercial 0.4452

The differentials are based on a Council assessment of cost/benefit with some modifications to allow for transitional impacts on certain categories of ratepayers.

Types of charges

General rate

The general rate funds the majority of the Council's expenditure. It is based upon the land value of property and is calculated based on a system of differential rating.

Uniform annual general charge

The Council also levies a uniform annual general charges across all rating units in the District. A rate of $234 will apply to each separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit. Those activities included in the charge are Leadership Rate Collection, Civil Defence (50%), Economic & Social Development (65%), Waimarama Seawall (10%) and Wastewater Treatment (20%).

Community and Resource Management Rate

This rate funds the first 35% of the community services and resource management budgets.

Targeted rates

Community Services & Resource Management Rate

Set as a fixed amount per separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit to fund 35% of council's planning/regulatory functions and community facility provision. This rate will be set on a differential basis and based on the location of land within the district.

Rates for 2017/18 are:

Differential Rate Area One $
Residential 401
CBD commercial 401
Other commercial 401
Residential Clive 301
Residential non-urban (including townships and small settlements) 301
Horticulture/farming 301
Commercial non-urban - Peripheral 301
Differential Rate Area Two $
Residential 291
Lifestyle/horticulture/farming 291
Commercial 291

Havelock North promotion

The rate for the 2017/18 year is 0.1533 cents per dollar of land value.

The Havelock North promotion rate is set on the land value of all commercially rated units located within the Havelock North Promotion Rate Map 

The funds are used to market and promote the central Havelock North commercial area.

Havelock North parking

The rate for 2017/18 per separately used or inhabited part is:

  • Residential $23 per rating unit
  • CBD commercial/other commercial $69
  • All others $23

Set differentially as a fixed amount on every separately used or inhabited rating unit located within the Havelock North Parking Map.

The funds are used to fund parking in the Havelock North central business district.

Hastings City Marketing Rate

The rate for the 2017/18 year is 0.2543 cents per dollar of land value.

Set on the land value of all commercially rated units within the Hastings City Marketing Rate map.

The funds are used to fund the marketing programme to revitalise the Hastings central business area. 

Central Business District targeted rates

The rate for the Hastings central business district for 2017/18 is 0.1224 cents per dollar of land value.

The rate for the Havelock North central business district for 2017/18 is 0.0586 cents per dollar of land value.

The funds are used to fund major city centre upgrades. 

Security patrols 

The rate for Hastings for 2017/18 is 0.1135 cents per dollar of land value.

The rate for Havelock North for 2017/18 is 0.0681 cents per dollar of land value.

Set on the land value of rating units defined on Council map “Security Patrol Areas”, to fund the provision of security patrols in the central business areas of Hastings and Havelock North.

Waimarama sea wall

The purpose of the proposed rate is to fund renewal costs, the cost of the maintenance to the rock placement (Northern & Southern Extension) and to set aside emergency funds.

The rate is set on a 3 tier differential basis with beachfront properties paying two thirds and non beachfront properties paying one third spilt 23% and 10% within the respective differential classifications (zones) – refer map ‘Waimarama Seawall Differential classifications'.

The rate is set on a uniform basis on each rating unit within the targeted rating area defined on map ‘Waimarama Seawall differential classifications’ which defines where the land is situated. The rate within each differential group is:

Zone 1: $270.00
Zone 2: $197.00
Zone 3: $72.00

Refuse and recycling

Recycling

A targeted rate set on each separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit based on the provision or availability to the land of the service. A rate of $44 per separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit would apply.

Recyling maps

Refuse

A targeted rate set on each separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit, differentially based on the use to which the land is put. Residential units currently receive a weekly collection. Commercial units located within Hastings and Havelock North CBD’s currently receive a twice weekly collection. 

The rate for 20017/18 is:  

Differential Category Factor

$ per Separately Used or
Inhabited Part of a Rating Unit

Residential  1 $14
Commercial CBD 2 $28

 

 

 

 

 

Refuse maps

Waimarama refuse

A targeted rate set on each separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit based on the provision or availability to the land of the service. A rate of $103 per separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit would apply. 

Land valuations

The Total Rates Revenue that is required to run the district each year is set through Council’s Annual Plan and Long Term Plan process. This total is then apportioned across ratepayers using a combination of factors, such as the land value of your property, how you land is used, and the availability and connection of services such as Water, Wastewater, Refuse and Recycling (Targeted Rates). 

Your share of General Rates is based on your properties land value. So when property land values change, it can impact your properties share of the total rates. 

Generally speaking:

  • If your land value increases by about the average amount, you’ll have an average rates increase.
  • If your land value increases more than the average, you’ll have a greater-than-average rates increase.
  • If your land value increases by less than the average, you’ll have a lower-than-average rates increase.


You can lodge an objection to your valuation with QV by visiting qv.co.nz

Contact

For more information on your rates, please contact our Rating Department on phone (06) 871 5000 or email council@hdc.govt.nz