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30/07/2018 4:00 p.m.
Monday 30 July, 2018
District ratepayers will notice a change to their rates invoices when the first
instalment for the 2018/19 year arrives in their email or letter box from
today, with a new quarterly instalment schedule now in place, as well as a
new-look invoice design.
are now four rates invoices sent to ratepayers each year instead of six,
bringing the district’s rating instalments into line with the majority of other
district councils around the country. The reduced number of invoices, which are
now sent every three months (quarterly) instead of two months, does not affect
the amount that people pay through their rates each year.
are now sent out in July, October, January and April, and are due on the 20th
of the following month.
Mayor Donna Favel says, “When you receive your latest invoice, you may notice
that the amount of money that you’ve been invoiced for is more than what is was
before, because it is for three months-worth of rates instead of two months.
also see that the design of the invoice has changed. We’ve updated the invoices
so that they are easier to understand.”
still have the ability to pay their rates on a schedule that suits their
budget, such as weekly, fortnightly, monthly or two monthly. These options are available
through direct debit, but Mayor Favel says you may need to contact the Council
if you wish to continue paying your rates every two months through this method.
who previously paid their rates two monthly using direct debit and who hasn’t already
gotten in touch with us will automatically have their payments changed from two
monthly to quarterly. Please contact us if you’d prefer your payments to
continue coming out every two months.”
Council voted to change the rating instalment schedule in February this year as
a way of delivering a more efficient and cost effective service. The new
schedule also aligns with the invoicing practices of 47 out of 51 district
councils in New Zealand.
more information about the new rating instalment schedule or to request that
your two-monthly direct debit payments continue, call 03 307 7700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information can also be found on the Council website.