Rates

Public Rates
The Carterton District Council adopted a new policy for the calculation and distribution of its general rate to take effect in the next rating year beginning 1 July 2011, please view here.

This search facility can be used to view the amount of rates assessed for both Carterton District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council and for valuation details on an individual property (rating unit).

Under the Local Government Rating Act 2002, owner’s details and address are not available to the public.

This information can also be viewed, in printed form, at the Council Office or the Library during normal working hours.

Click here to search your property

Property Valuations
Every three years Quotable Value completes a review of Carterton properties. The valuations are audited by the Government’s Valuer-General. The resulting property revaluations are used by Council to calculate the rates on properties.

The 2014 Property Valuations are available here

RATES REBATES SCHEME 2011/2012 DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS

* The close off date for applications for the 20011/2012 financial year is 30 June 2012. The Rates Rebate Act does not allow for new applications to be made after 30 June.

* The 2011/2012 application form will be available on the Department of Internal Affairs Rates Rebates website from 1 July 2011. www.ratesrebates.govt.nz, other key documents, such as the handbook, and the Schedule of Work and Income Benefits, will be updated and will be found – also from 1 July - under the publications tab on the website.

* To summarise the Rates Rebates changes: for the 2011/2012 rating year, the maximum rebate is $580 and the threshold amount is $23,000.

 

How do I know if I am eligible for a rebate?
Most single superannuitants and Work and Income beneficiaries, and many employed people on low incomes, would be entitled to a rebate.  People or couples/joint homeowners, earning $23,000 (plus $500 for each dependant for the 2011/2012 financial year) or less qualify.  However, if your income exceeds this threshold you could still be entitled to a smaller rebate.
 
For an indication on whether you may qualify, go to www.ratesrebates.govt.nz and enter your details into the rebate calculator.

Is it worth my while applying?
The maximum rebate is $580.00 per annum (for the 2011/2012 financial year) If your income is within the income range set by law you should qualify for the maximum rebate. If your income slightly exceeds the limit, you should be eligible for a smaller rebate.

How to apply
Ratepayers apply to their local council, in this case Carterton District Council, for a rates rebate. You can either print a form from the Department of Internal Affairs Rates Rebates website www.ratesrebates.govt.nz*, pick up a form from council offices on Holloway Street Carterton or phone our offices on 06 379 4030 and we will be happy to send you a form.
 
*This document is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site (www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html)
 

When applying for a rates rebate you will need:

* Your rates notice for the current rating year

* Information about what your income (before tax) was for the tax year ended 31 March 2011

* Information about what your partner/joint homeowner’s income was if he/she was normally living with you on 1 July 2011

* No supporting documents are required if you receive a benefit from Work and Income. You do need to declare: What the full amount of the benefit/pension is per year; What income you earned after it was granted.
 
Once you have all the information and filled in the form you will need to bring it in to the Carterton District Council offices on Holloway Street and either sign the form in front of a council officer or have it witnessed and signed by a Justice of the Peace, barrister or solicitor, another person authorised to witness declarations under the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957, chartered accountant or Minister of Religion prior to handing the form into Council.
 
If you need assistance with filling in the form please ask and our staff will be happy to assist. If you are housebound and unable to visit our offices please ring council on 06 379 4030 and one of our officers can arrange to visit you.
 
If you receive a rates rebate we recommend you pay your rates be direct debit either fortnightly or monthly so that payments can be spread evenly over the remainder of the year.

What counts as income
For people not self-employed – Income is all money you and your spouse (if they are resident at the property) have received during the income tax year ended 31 March except:

* Any capital money you have received, e.g. inheritance, prizes and winnings, sale of personal assets

* Any capital money you have received, e.g. inheritance, prizes and winnings, sale of personal assets.

* Any war widows pension or was disability pension.

* Any grant for funeral expenses.

* Any money received by the recipient of a military decoration in respect of any military decoration.

* Any family support paid to you.

* Any salary or wages paid for a beneficiary before they commenced receiving that benefit except for NZ Superannuation, ACC earnings compensation, or sickness and unemployment benefits.
 

For people self-employed – Income is your income for tax purposes for the preceding year plus any income you have received from any other source, plus your spouse’s income if they are resident at the property.
 
Calculate your rebate
To find out if you are eligible for a rebate go to www.ratesrebates.govt.nz and use the calculator.

Can I get any other government assistance to help me with rates?
Besides rates rebates, you might be eligible for an Accommodation Supplement – contact Work and Income for more information. To find out if you are eligible, call Work and Income on freephone 0800 559 009 or, for further information, go to:
http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/individuals/a-z-benefits/accommodation-supplement.html

Paying Your Rates

Rates are invoiced in four equal instalments and the invoice is due for payment in the middle month of each quarter. Rates payment dates are as follows:
 

Instalment Instalment Period Instalment Due Date Last Day for Payment
1 1 July to 30 September 20 July 20 August
2 1 October to 31 December 20 October 20 November
3 1 January to 31 March 20 January 20 February
4 1 April to 30 June 20 April 20 M

You must pay your rates before the last day for payment to avoid the 10% penalty.

You can pay your rates by:

Cash, Eftpos or Cheque
Cash, Eftpos or cheque payments can be made at the Council Office, Holloway Street, Carterton between the hours of 8.30 am and 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday. Cheque payments can be sent by post to the Carterton District Council, P O Box 9, Carterton.

Electronic Payment
This method of payment enables you to pay your rates from home. However it is very important that we receive the correct references with your payment so that we can credit the payment to the correct rate account. Please ask the Rating Officer by emailing rates@cdc.govt.nz or phone 06 379 4030 to assist you when setting up any electronic payments.

Rates Easy Pay
Easy pay is a direct debit system that allows you to pay your rates automatically from your bank account. Payments can be made fortnightly, monthly or quarterly. This system ensures that your rates are paid on time.

To start paying by Easy Pay you can request a form from the Council Office, phone 06 379 4030 or email rates@cdc.govt.nz. or download a Direct Debit form here

Council does not accept payment by credit card.

Penalties
Penalties are charged for late payments and/or if instalments are not paid in full by the due date. If you are paying rates by automatic payment please ensure that the amount you are paying is sufficient to pay the amount payable by the due date. Penalties will be incurred if payments are insufficient.

To avoid penalties Council recommends payment by direct debit in which Council manages the payment of your rates on your behalf. All changes to your payment details will be advised to you in writing before implementing.

Pursuant to Sections 57 & 58 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, penalty will be charged on rates outstanding as follows:

* 10% of the amount of each rate instalment remaining unpaid on the penalty date as shown on each rates instalment.

* 10% will be added to any balance remaining outstanding from previous rating year(s) (including penalties previously charged) as at 9 July each year.
 

If your rate account is in arrears it is important that you contact the Rates Officer as soon as possible to discuss payment arrangements. By making contact and entering into a payment agreement you minimise the risk of Council contacting your mortgagee for payment of outstanding rates.