Types of Rates

Where will your rates money be spent?

We remain committed to our core business:

  • Water quality and quantity
  • Sustainable land management
  • Flood protection and regional emergency management
  • Native habitat protection
  • Transport and road safety

Biodiversity rates are for an activity or project that benefits a particular group of ratepayers (e.g. pest plant and pest animal control).

Environment rates are a fixed rate applied to ratepayers who benefit from a specific type of work (e.g. SLUI and environment initiatives).

Transport rates go towards land transport planning and road safety, public transport and Total Mobility services. Urban properties receive the most benefit from passenger services and this is reflected in their rates.

River and drainage scheme rates vary according to the benefit received from flood protection facilities (e.g. stopbanks, pump stations and drainage systems).

AHB Tb vector levy rate is collected on behalf of the Animal Health Board (AHB) for Tb vector control in the Region.

General rates fund a large range of activities from which every ratepayer may benefit and are based on the property’s capital value

The General Rate has been split up

Over the past few years ratepayers like you have been asking us what they pay for in general rates. To show you what you are paying for we have broken the general rate down into nine parts so you can understand what your rates go towards.

Biosecurity rates covers pest control such as possum control, weed control and general pest plant and pest animal control.

Emergency Management rates include keeping the public safe and prepared for major emergencies or disasters.

Investment Income helps keep your rates down through investing money on your behalf. The money those investments generates reduce your overall rates.

Information rates are the costs of making important information available to the general public e.g. water quality and quantity records.

Resource Consent Management rates cover the cost of managing resource consents and include the cost of cleaning up environmental pollution.

River and Drainage rates represent the 20% share everyone in the Region pays towards the running of our river and drainage schemes.

Strategic Management rates are the costs of planning for the future of the Region and include responses to emerging issues and projects such as the One Plan.

Water Quality and Quantity rates include the work towards managing the Regions water sources and the public’s share of water research.

There is still a general rate, which covers a number of smaller costs such as land management, environmental reporting, rural advice, district liaison, and parts of living heritage costs.

If you are still uncertain about the type of rates, contact us.

Need more information? Contact us, visit our FAQs page, read over our policies, or freephone 0508 800 800, or email rates@horizons.govt.nz

Rates Return
Horizons Regional Council
Private Bag 11025
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442