How it all

adds up

How can we cover our costs

To proceed with everything we’re proposing we would need to collect an additional $8 million in rates (including metered water rates) in the year ahead.

Before you look at the example properties to see how these proposals may affect your rates, check out these explanations of the different kinds of rates, and who pays what.

Rates are a form of tax, and the basic principle of a tax is that everyone pays to benefit the greater community. They’re not necessarily about paying for the services you use or receive - they’re about everyone paying a portion towards making their community a great place to live. Our rates are made up of a mix of tax-based systems, and user pays charges.

Our proposed sources of income (2024/25)

This pie graph represents the total amount of money ($80.8m) we would need to collect in 2024/25 to deliver our services, and how we’re proposing to fund them. Note that there are other ways we could cut the pie (for example, less rates and more fees and charges) but no matter how many pieces you cut a pie into, the total size of the proposed pie remains the same - we still need to collect the same amount of money to provide these services.

This graph also highlights the few options Councils have for raising income. Council have been lobbying central government to make changes and give local government more tools for raising income. Including asking central government to pay rates on their own properties!

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Long Term Plan interactive tool

In this Long Term Plan Council has chosen to focus on affordability - which has meant some tough decisions on which projects to include, and where we should cut back. This website highlights some of the big changes compared to our last Long Term Plan. Keen for more detail? Check out our interactive tool for a more detailed view of what projects we're proposing to keep and what projects we are proposing to remove from the draft Long Term Plan.

+ Check out LTP interactive tool