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Targeted rates


Photograph of flood protectionOn this page: drainage ratesWaihou-Piako Catchment targeted rate, Piako River targeted rate, Waihou Valley targeted rates, Waikato-Waipa catchment rates(Project Watershed), West coast rate, Peninsula Project ratespublic transport targeted rate, natural heritage rate, biosecurity rate, civil defence and emergency management , permitted activity monitoring rate, stock truck effluent rate, regional services fund rate

Drainage rates

The drainage rates for Thames Valley, Waikato Central, Aka Aka, Franklin Waikato areas provide land drainage in these areas.

Rates are set on a benefit classification basis using land area and depends on where the land is situated and the level of protection received.

You can download and view the current land drainage information brochure. [PDF, 826 KB]

Urban public transport rate

This rate funds part of the cost of the Hamilton city urban public transport service and planning to avoid and reduce  congestion problems.  The rate is set on differential basis using capital value on all properties within the Hamilton City Council boundary, with rating units which are within 800m of public transport contributing through a direct rate differential

Having an efficient public transportation system in Hamilton benefits everyone. Traffic congestion costs time and money, and contributes to our air pollution problems. The Waikato Regional Council uses the money it collects from rates to improve services in Hamilton and for planning to avoid the serious congestion problems that occur in other cities.

Waihou-Piako catchment targeted rate

This is a single catchment rate for community good (indirect) benefits and community responsibility (contributor). It is applied on a differential basis to reflect the different levels of catchment benefits within the area. It is funded on a capital value basis to best reflect the value of the catchment benefits derived from the Piako River and Waihou Valley schemes.

Piako River targeted rate

This scheme provides flood protection, river management, land drainage and soil conservation in the Piako River valley. The scheme is funded by targeted rates (85 per cent) and the general rate (15 per cent).

The rate is set on benefit classification basis using land area and capital value. Land within the scheme is assigned to a layer - tidal flooding, river flooding, drainage, residential, industrial or commercial. Within each layer there are several classifications representing differential levels of benefit.

Waihou Valley targeted rate

This scheme provides flood protection, river management, land drainage and soil conservation in the Waihou River valley. The scheme is funded by targeted rates (85 per cent) and the general rate (15 per cent).

The rate is set on a benefit classification basis using land value. Land within the scheme is given a 'classification' corresponding to the level of benefit it receives from the scheme. These classifications are A-E Rural, G Non-rateable, and U1-U4 Urban.

Waikato-Waipa catchment rates (Project Watershed)

This scheme provides flood protection, river management, land drainage and soil conservation to the Waikato-Waipa River Catchment. The catchment includes the Waikato and Waipa rivers and the areas of land that drain into them.

The targeted rate is set on a benefit/contributor classification basis using capital value, land value, land area and direct benefit.

Each property is charged:

  • a catchment differential based on capital value
  • a contributor differential based on land value (except for hydro properties, which are based on capital value)
  • a management zone differential based on capital value depending on which management zone the property falls into – Lower Waikato, Middle Waikato, Upper Waikato, Waipa or Lake Taupō.
  • if within a direct benefit area, a differential based on area or capital value based on the level of benefit it receives.

West coast rate

This scheme provides integrated river and catchment work and services for the west coast.

Every property in the scheme is charged a catchment rate based on capital value to fund 50 per cent of expenditure, and 50 per cent on a per property basis.

Peninsula Project rates

This scheme provides flood protection, soil conservation and river management on the Coromandel Peninsula. The rates are set on a benefit/contributor classification using capital value, land area, uniform charge and direct benefit. Every property in the scheme is charged a catchment rate based on capital value to fund 50 per cent of the catchment funding, and 50 per cent funded on a per property basis. Land may be charged a direct benefit differential based on an area, capital value or uniform charge based on the level of benefit it receives.

Natural heritage rate

This rate provides for protecting natural heritage areas within the region. The rate is set on a uniform basis and is applied to every rateable property within the region.

Biosecurity rate

Primarily, the need for pest control has shifted away from protecting agricultural production, and toward a greater emphasis on pest control for the general 'public good' of environmental enhancement and improving biodiversity across the region.

The rate is set on capital value, on a differential basis using projected values and the location of the land within the Waikato region. The council believes this is an appropriate system because it reflects the region wide community benefits that pest control produces. Ultimately, what is most important in terms of equitable funding is why we manage pests, not where we manage them. For example, we have found alligator weed - a very serious pest plant - in urban gardens, in maize fields and in several lakes. Any outbreak of alligator weed is a major potential problem for the whole region and the response should be funded regionally.

Civil defence and emergency management rate

This rate funds the region's civil defence and emergency managment services. It is applied on a uniform basis to every rating unit in the region.

Regional Services Fund rate

This rate provides financial assistance to identifed emergency services operating in the Waikato region on behalf of local councils to support surf life saving, Coastguards and rescue helicopter services.

Permitted activity monitoring rate

This rate funds the monitoring of activities permitted under the Waikato Regional Plan, in order to assess compliance with the rules, and the effect of allowing the activities to be undertaken.  The rate is applied on a uniform bais to every rating unit in the region.

Stock truck effluent rate

This rate funds the construction and mainenance of stock truck effluent stations across the region in accordance with the Stock Truck Effluent Strategy.  It is applied on a capital values basis on rating units with an area of 2 hectares or greater.

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