Rates 2020/21

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Consultation has concluded

Ngā reiti 2020/21

We set our rates based on community needs, the demand for Council services, level of service delivery required and the overall rates affordability.

This year our budget includes an average 5.1% rates increase after growth. This is below the 7.1% forecast in the 2018-28 Long-term Plan and the 9.2% signaled earlier this year.

Our rates revenue is split between targeted rates and general rates. The Council is planning to collect $343m (GST exclusive) of rates during 2020/21.

2020/21 Annual Plan rates increase

Rates increase 2020/21

5.1%

No increase in fees in 2020/21, except for some waste and marinas

No reduction in service levels

Debt funds revenue shortfall, reducing the impact on ratepayers in 2020/21

Additional debt funding is ‘one-off’ so minimal impact on future years

Likely to meet financial prudence test

Meets balanced budget requirement

X

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What are rates?

General rates are paid by all ratepayers and applied to services which benefit the whole community, for example, maintaining parks and walkways, operating our libraries, and renewing our roads and footpaths.

Targeted rates are paid by a specific group of ratepayers who receive a specific service – for example water, stormwater and wastewater services in rural areas, and business improvement districts (BIDs).

Whether you rent, own a home or a business in Wellington you’ll be contributing to Council rates either directly or indirectly.

Your money helps us deliver more than 400 day-to-day services and also pay for the borrowings used to fund big capital projects across Wellington.

To find your property and rates information for 2020/21 visit our property search.


Ngā reiti 2020/21

We set our rates based on community needs, the demand for Council services, level of service delivery required and the overall rates affordability.

This year our budget includes an average 5.1% rates increase after growth. This is below the 7.1% forecast in the 2018-28 Long-term Plan and the 9.2% signaled earlier this year.

Our rates revenue is split between targeted rates and general rates. The Council is planning to collect $343m (GST exclusive) of rates during 2020/21.

2020/21 Annual Plan rates increase

Rates increase 2020/21

5.1%

No increase in fees in 2020/21, except for some waste and marinas

No reduction in service levels

Debt funds revenue shortfall, reducing the impact on ratepayers in 2020/21

Additional debt funding is ‘one-off’ so minimal impact on future years

Likely to meet financial prudence test

Meets balanced budget requirement

X

Recommended


What are rates?

General rates are paid by all ratepayers and applied to services which benefit the whole community, for example, maintaining parks and walkways, operating our libraries, and renewing our roads and footpaths.

Targeted rates are paid by a specific group of ratepayers who receive a specific service – for example water, stormwater and wastewater services in rural areas, and business improvement districts (BIDs).

Whether you rent, own a home or a business in Wellington you’ll be contributing to Council rates either directly or indirectly.

Your money helps us deliver more than 400 day-to-day services and also pay for the borrowings used to fund big capital projects across Wellington.

To find your property and rates information for 2020/21 visit our property search.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Do you have any questions on this year's proposed rates options?  Ask them below and one of the team will be back in touch as soon as possible. 

We also have FAQs here in the meantime.

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    Are any targeted rates proposed in relation to works at Makara Beach ?

    D asked over 1 year ago

    Kia ora D. There are no targeted rates proposed as part of the 2020/21 Annual Plan. 

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    Hello, How can you justify such a rates increase when individuals are losing their jobs, facing reduced hours, and facing increased uncertainty over this time? With the pension being tied to average income and this invariably falling due to redundancies/ loss of hours you're also likely to find that your older age population now cannot afford such a rates increase.

    T asked over 1 year ago

    Kia ora T. 

    Thank you for the question. This is the type of feedback we would like to hear from our residents. The rates options are proposals so I invite you to make a submission through the form. 

    We also have more information about payment options for those in financial hardship here: https://wellington.govt.nz/services/rates-and-property/rates 
    This includes information about deferring the 4th quarter rates installment for the current 2019/20 year and changes we have made because of Covid-19.

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    Following up on Mick's question ("Can you please confirm if this proposed rates increase is across both Residential and Commercial rates?") - where can we find the proposed rate increases for Residential?

    AntonyFoster asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Mick, 

    We can't yet provide the indicative rates increase for each household. That modelling is being done and will be available in the final plan. I will update this page when that is available.
    This page on the main WCC website has more information about how they are calculated.
    https://wellington.govt.nz/services/rates-and-property/rates/rates-explained/how-rates-are-calculated 

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    Hi there, Can you please confirm if this proposed rates increase is across both Residential and Commercial rates?

    Mick asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. The proposed rates options of 5.1% or 2.3% are an average across all of our ratepayers. This is both commercial and residential.