Your rates in 2016/2017
How your rates have changed
In July 2015 Auckland Council completed the move to a single rates system. This means all Auckland properties of similar value and use pay similar general rates.
Last year’s rates were calculated using property values from the July 2014 revaluation. We will use those same property values for your rates this year.
Changes in property values don't impact the total amount of rates we collect. They just help to determine how rates are shared across ratepayers.
Friday 1 July 2016 saw the start of the 2016/2017 rating year. The general rates increased by 2.4 per cent. The average increase for each property type is:
- residential properties: 2.5 per cent
- business properties: 1.9 per cent
- farm and lifestyle properties: 2.5 per cent.
Note: Business properties in Franklin will experience higher increases due to their general rates being merged with the rest of the region in 2016/2017.
The differences in the increase for each property type is due to the gradual decreasing of the proportion of general rates collected from business properties. This results in a slightly lower average increase for business properties and slightly higher average increases for non-business properties.
As part of the annual budget process, we also agreed to:
- keep the Uniform Annual General Charge at $394
- keep the Interim Transport Levy at the same level of $113.85 for residential ratepayers and $182.85 for business ratepayers
- retain the general rate differential for farm and lifestyle properties at the present level of 80 per cent of the urban residential rate
What your rates pay for
Your rates are used to pay for things that make Auckland a great place to live, like improved public transport, events, parks and other community facilities. We continue to invest more than ever in communities, delivering more facilities and infrastructure for Aucklanders to enjoy.
During consultation on the 10-year budget 2015-2025, Aucklanders told us to invest more in transport. So we agreed to invest an additional $523 million in transport over three years. This will be partly funded by an Interim Transport Levy from ratepayers, which is included in your rates bill. The rest will be funded by New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) contributions and council borrowing.
Rates provide approximately $1.64 billion (45 per cent) of the council’s funding.
The remaining $2 billion (55 per cent) coming from grants, subsidies, development and financial contributions, user charges and fees, and debt. We use debt to invest in new assets, like infrastructure and new libraries, so that the cost of that asset is spread across the generations of Aucklanders who will use it.
We are slowly reducing the rates differential (the proportion they pay) on business properties. This will help to promote business and grow employment throughout Auckland.
In 2016/2017, we will collect 32.7 per cent of general rates from business. We will gradually reduce this rate to 25.8 per cent in 2036/2037.
Rates are comprised of up to four components:
- a Uniform Annual General Charge
- a general rate
- the interim transport levy
- targeted rates (where applicable).
Uniform Annual General Charge
The Uniform Annual General Charge is a fixed rate applied to every rateable property.
In 2016/2017 the Uniform Annual General Charge is $394 for each separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit (e.g. a shop in a mall, a residential dwelling, or a granny flat).
The general rate is based on the capital value of the property. There are seven ways of calculating the general rate, depending on the type of property:
- urban residential - 1.0000
- urban business - 2.7375 x the urban residential rate
- rural business - 2.4638 x the urban residential rate
- rural residential - 0.9000 x the urban residential rate
- farm and lifestyle properties - 0.8000 x the urban residential rate
- no road access properties - 0.25000 x the urban residential rate
- uninhabited islands - 0.0000 x the urban residential rate.
Interim transport levy
The interim transport levy is charged for each separate residence or business.
In 2016/2017, it is $113.85 for non-business ratepayers and $182.85 for business ratepayers.
Targeted rates pay for specific services or projects for certain areas or properties. This could include refuse, recycling and inorganic collections or repayment of financial assistance (e.g. the Retro-fit Your Home scheme).