Changes in property rates
As part of the Annual Budget 2022/2023 consultation process, we consulted on proposals to change rates, fees and charges.
After considering consultation feedback, we have made the following rates decisions for 2022/2023.
Average property rates increase
An average general rate increase of 3.5 per cent will be applied to existing ratepayers for 2022/2023.
The Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC) increase
The UAGC will increase in line with the general rates increase.
Business property general rates
In line with our established Long-term Differential Strategy, the share of general rates revenue collected from business properties will gradually reduce.
This means that:
- business ratepayers will experience a rates increase that is slightly less than 3.5 per cent
- non-business (residential and farm/lifestyle) ratepayers will experience a rates increase of slightly more than 3.5 per cent.
Rates for 2022/2023 will be assessed on the new rating valuations that were sent to all ratepayers in March 2022.
We revalue properties to ensure we set rates that reflect movements in property values. This ensures fairness over time as similar value properties continue to pay similar rates.
New valuations do not affect the amount of money that we collect from rates. Instead, they help us to share the cost fairly.
An increase in your property value does not necessarily mean you pay more in rates. How much you pay will vary depending on how much your property value changes compared with other properties.
Introduction of the Climate Action Targeted Rate (CATR)
We introduced the CATR in 2022/2023 to fund further climate action. This will allow us to:
- improve bus services
- decarbonise ferry services
- create more walking and cycling infrastructure
- increase tree canopy in communities that need it most.
The CATR will provide $574 million over 10 years. There will be an additional $128 million provided in fare revenue from additional services and an extra $354 million in government co-funding.
The CATR will be based on capital value with 25.8 per cent being raised from business properties and 74.2 per cent from non-business. It will be differentiated within the business and non-business sectors on the same basis as the general rate.
Changes in bin and bag prices and waste management targeted rates
The majority of our waste management services costs are driven by fixed-term contracts that are tied to the Consumer Price Index.
To cover costs, we are increasing the bin tag and bag prices, as well as the refuse targeted rate.
- increasing the waste management standard refuse rate from $150.06 to $172.89
- decreasing the base service charge from $142.70 to $140.45.
To standardise our waste management collection services across the region, we are:
- extending the food scraps service and targeted rate to parts of urban Auckland not already getting this service in 2023. In 2022/2023 the service will be introduced to households in Waitakere and North Shore that are not already getting the service. We will roll out the service to the rest of urban Auckland in 2023/2024. The amount of rate charged will depend on the date the service commences in each area.
- standardising the rules enabling some multi-unit developments and non-residential properties to opt out of receiving waste services.
- applying a minimum regional targeted rate charge to all properties from 2023/2024
- moving to a targeted rate-funded refuse collection service across the whole region by 2024/2025. This will happen in stages.
A full list of our waste changes for 2022/2023 can be found in the Waste Management Targeted Rate section set out in our Annual Budget 2022/2023.
Other changes to rates
Changes to the Urban Rating Area (URA)
In 2021/2022 we changed the definition of the URA so as Auckland grows our URA expands with it. Since then the URA includes all land within the Rural Urban Boundary (except Warkworth) and land zoned ‘future urban’.
In 2022/2023 we amended our definition of the URA to exclude rural zoned land on Waiheke to align the rating treatment of these properties with the rest of the region.
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