We are reviewing our policy on rates postponement to make it easier for ratepayers who are experiencing financial hardship or who have seen their property valuation increase due to rezoning from rural use, to manage their rates payments.
Tell us what you think
We want to know if we have got the right balance of criteria or whether there are other criteria that we should consider when granting applications for rates postponement.
We welcome feedback from 27 April to 18 May. Feedback can be provided through the online form or at email@example.com (Attention: Policy team).
We will use this feedback to propose a new rates postponement policy for adoption by Council. If required, hearings may be held in May prior to adopting a final policy by 1 July 2022.
What is a rates postponement?
The postponement of rates is a last resort to help ratepayers after all avenues to meet rates commitments have been exhausted.
Why are we reviewing the policy?
While in general all property owners are required to pay rates, we recognise there may be circumstances where ratepayers may need support to manage their rates payments.
Feedback from the community has told us the current postponement policy criteria may make it difficult for some ratepayers, particularly those on fixed incomes, to access the postponement scheme.
We also know that where we rezone properties from a rural to an urban use it may increase the rating valuation of those affected properties. However, it may be some time before those properties receive the benefits of an urban zoning, such as the provision of services.