The Horizons Region is diverse and the hazards, pests and risks faced within it can vary from place to place, however most activities have some benefit to all in the community. For this reason, a portion of your rates bill is general shared rates, which go towards those services that benefit everyone.
To enable you to see what the general shared rate goes towards, this year we have separated its components. The general shared rates are charged based on the capital value of your property. The exception is the Uniform Annual General Charge which is the same for all properties.
Under the general shared rates you pay for:
General land management, environmental education, biodiversity, regional parks and working with other councils.
Uniform Annual General Charge
Customer service, your elected council and iwi relationships.
Pest animal and pest-plant control.
Keeping you safe and prepared for major emergencies and disasters.
This is a credit from income the council earns from its investments that keeps your rates down.
Making important information available to the public, eg. water quality and quantity records.
Managing the Region’s natural resources and cleaning up pollution.
River and drainage
Ratepayers pay 20% towards the building and maintaining of flood and erosion protection schemes.
Planning for the future of the Region.
Water quality and quantity
Improving and managing the Region’s lakes, rivers and underground water.
Some rates are charged only to people who benefit most from the service and these include:
Only urban properties pay for buses, total mobility and health shuttles that service their area.
Ratepayers contribute to Flood Protection schemes according to benefit received.
These are a fixed rate applied to ratepayers who benefit from a specific type of environmental-enhancement work, eg. improving water quality on the Manawatu River.
These are for pest plants or pest animal removal projects that benefit a specific group of ratepayers.
AHB Tb Vector Levy rate
This levy rate is collected on behalf of the Animal Health Board and goes towards the eradication of possums to prevent the spread of Tb. It is paid for by those who own properties over 4 hectares.
Horizons Regional Council
Private Bag 11025
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442