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Rates remission policy

Rates Remission Policy

We are reviewing our policy on rates remission to accommodate changes to the rating of gold kiwifruit orchards and provide a way to ease the transition to the new rating valuation.

Tell us what you think

We want to know if we have got the level of rates remission for gold kiwifruit orchards right and if it will support ratepayers of gold kiwifruit orchards to adjust to the increase in rating valuation.

We welcome feedback from 27 April to 18 May. Feedback can be provided through the online form or at info@tauranga.govt.nz (Attention: Policy team).

We will use this feedback to propose a new rates remission 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 remission?

A rates remission is a partial reduction in the rates amount a ratepayer has to pay. A ratepayer may be eligible for rates remission if their property meets certain criteria. 

Why are we reviewing the policy?

Recent rule changes now require councils to consider the value of a license to grow gold kiwifruit and planted vines when calculating the rating valuation of gold kiwifruit orchards. This may result in substantial rates increases for those properties.

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Feedback closed 5pm, Wednesday 18 May

Timeline

  • Draft policy open for feedback

    27 April to 18 May
  • Analysis of feedback and amendments to policy

    May-June 2022
  • Hearing (if required) and policy adopted

    By July 2022

Resources

Document library

Rates Remission Policy (kb pdf)
Draft Rates Remission Policy (121kb pdf)

Key proposed changes to the current policy

Current 

No remission for gold kiwifruit orchards (meaning planted vines and the license).

What we’re proposing

Gold kiwifruit orchards with planted vines and a G3 license may apply for a temporary remission of rates where the increase is above the citywide average. The remission would be for the portion of rates relating to the capital value component of the G3 licence in year one.

The proposed remission is 100% in year one (2022/2023) and two thirds in year two (2023/2024).

Why

We recognise that changes to the way gold kiwifruit orchards are valued for rating purposes may see a significant increase in rates for these properties and want to ease the transition to the new rating valuation.

We are aware of a recent decision that rating valuations should not include the value of the gold kiwifruit license. For this reason, we are proposing the 100% remission in year one until the implications of the decision are better understood.

Related policies out for consultation

Rates Postponement Policy

We want to know if we have got the right balance of criteria when considering granting applications for rates postponement.

Draft Rates Postponement Policy

Remission and Postponement of Rates on Māori Freehold Land Policy

We want to know if you think these proposed changes to our policy meet our obligations to recognise the special significance of land to Māori.

Draft Remission and Postponement of Rates on Māori Freehold Land Policy

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Feedback closed 5pm, Wednesday 18 May

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If you have any questions, or would like a hard copy of the consultation form,
Contact the Policy team (07) 577 7000
Email: info@tauranga.govt.nz (Attention: Policy team).

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