From July this year, Ashburton District ratepayers will receive their rates invoices quarterly rather than every two months, bringing the frequency of the instalments into line with other neighbouring councils.
The move is expected to result in annual savings of $35,495, due to the reduced administration costs in preparing and sending the invoices four times a year, as opposed to six.
Ashburton District Mayor Donna Favel says the current instalment arrangement does not offer significant benefits for ratepayers, and the new invoicing schedule will deliver a more efficient and cost effective service.
"Council provides options for people to pay their rates on a schedule that suits their budget, whether that be weekly, fortnightly, bi-monthly or monthly, and this ability won't change once we move to quarterly invoicing.
"Council is always looking for business improvements that will deliver a more efficient service for the community and we are pleased to get this started in the next financial year."
Forty-seven of the fifty-one district councils across the country all send rates invoices four times a year. Ashburton District Councillors voted on the proposal at their meeting today, bringing the Council into step with this practice.
Under the new schedule, invoices will be sent in July, October, January and April each year.
Rates can be paid through a number of options which include in person, cheque, direct debit, automatic payments and direct bank transfer. A new option called Account2Account is now also available, which allows people to make payments for Council services and activities on the Council website without the need for a debit or credit card.
View more information on rates and how to pay them.