Source: Taxpayers Union
18 SEPTEMBER 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union’s 2019 Ratepayers’ Report, local government league tables available at www.ratepayersreport.nz, reveals the highest and lowest average rates in the country.
Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “The main attraction of Ratepayers’ Report is the league table for average residential rates. This year’s table, which uses a standardised formula to include all residential rates, local taxes, and levies, has a new champion of high rates that will come as little surprise for local ratepayers.”
“Under the stewardship of Mayor Phil Goff, Auckland is now extracting even more in rates, taxes, and levies from the average ratepayer than last year’s highest-rating council, Western Bay of Plenty.”
“It’s not just the large councils that are squeezing ratepayers. Carterton comes in third, justifying its ‘rates resistance’ by charging more than three grand a year.”
“Conversely, last year’s lowest-rating council was Mackenzie District Council, has now been pipped by Southland and South Waikato district councils who charge around half what Auckland Council does.”
Average residential rates (nationwide): $2,370
National average rates increase: $90
Highest rates (2017/18):
Western BOP: $3192
Kapiti Coast: $2772
Western BOP: $3163
Lowest rates (2017/18):
South Waikato: $1780
South Waikato: $1780
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“By calculating and comparing average residential rates the Report arms ratepayers with information during this year’s local elections. It may even motivate some ratepayers to ‘vote with their feet’, injecting talent and wealth into those districts that keep costs down.”
Unitary authorities (Auckland Council, Nelson City Council, Gisborne, Tasman, and Marlborough District Councils) perform the functions of a regional council and therefore can be expected to have higher rates than other territorial authorities.
More about the Report is available here, and specific methodology for calculating average rates is here.