Issued 28 April 2020
What is being proposed?
The Council does not currently have a Rates Postponement Policy. Given the current COVID 19 Pandemic and the potential for long- term ramifications on the economy, Council considers it would be prudent to adopt this policy as soon as possible.
Council seeks input from the community on the adoption of this policy. The policy can be downloaded below.
Why is this being proposed?
A postponement policy gives Council the ability to provide assistance in the longer term to those ratepayers who are struggling financially while still ensuring that rates on the property will be paid at a given point in time. Applications under the policy must be made in writing and some certainty is given regarding the recovery of rates via the registering of a statutory land charge on the rating unit title.
The policy also provides for a $1,000 contribution per year towards rates on the property. This payment can be supplemented by a rates rebate application, should the ratepayer be eligible, and ensures that the ratepayer does not forget their obligation to pay rates on the property.
What are the options?
There are two options:
OPTION ONE: Council adopts the proposed policy.
This is Council's preferred option. Benefits and negatives are as follows:
OPTION TWO: Status quo – Council does not adopt the proposed policy.
Benefits and negatives of not implementing the proposed changes include:
Residents are strongly encouraged to have a say. We want to hear from as many people as possible before the final policy is adopted, so please have your say today.
How to have your say
All submissions must be in writing. We will accept submissions in the following format:
- Council submission form – online or paper
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Written submissions posted to Grey District Council, PO Box 382, Greymouth or hand-delivered to the dropbox outside Council's main door at 105 Tainui Street, Greymouth.
You are welcome to address Council in person on your submission – if you wish to do this, please clearly indicate this in your submission. Council will hear and consider submissions at a meeting after the close-off date.
Every submission made to the Council will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, copied and made available to the public.
Submissions close at 5pm on Wednesday 13 May 2020.
Draft Rates Postponement Policy (PDF, 272KB)