Rates Penalties and Remissions
Overdue Rates - Instalment Penalty
A 10% penalty will be added on the next business day to any instalment not paid by the due date.
Only moneys actually receipted in the offices of the Hurunui District Council before the close of business will be accepted as paid on that date.
No additional charge will be added where payment has been posted on the due date and it will not be counted as late as long as it is post-marked on or by the due date. The date of payment is when, for Rural Delivery and Overseas postal payments, it is received by a New Zealand Postal Service. It is not when the payment is placed in your personal mailbox for collection or posted from an overseas country.
Rates remission Policy on land affected by earthquakes
The purpose of this policy is to provide a mechanism for staff and Council to remit rates where a rating unit has been affected by the November 2016 earthquakes and related aftershocks. This policy will be applicable to properties where the rating value of the property has not been reassessed by QV due to the damage resulting from the earthquakes. This policy takes effect from 1 July 2017 and is applicable until 30 June 2018 or when the damage has been repaired and the property owner can resume occupation, whichever is sooner.
Hurunui District Council bank account number is Westpac 03-0802-0946666-00.
Due dates for the 2015/2016 rating year will be:
|Due Date||Penalty Date|
|Instalment 1||20 August 2016||21 August 2016|
|Instalment 2||20 November 2016||21 November 2016|
|Instalment 3||20 February 2017||21 February 2017|
|Instalment 4||21 May 2017||21 May 2017|
A further additional charge of 10% will be added to all rates and additional charges from the previous rating year remaining unpaid on 1 July . A further additional charge of 10% will be added to any rates to which the additional charge referred to in this paragraph is added and remains unpaid on 1 January.
Remission of Penalty
Additional charges may be remitted in accordance with the following criteria:
- Application can be made in writing for a remission of a penalty that has arisen due to sickness, death, age or other acceptable general reasons to the Manager Financial Services.
- Application can be made for remission of a penalty for no substantial reason, to the Rates Remission & Postponement Sub- committee (a maximum of one such remission every two years).
All rates must be paid in full, as a general rule, before remission is considered.
Remission of subsequent additional charges where satisfactory arrangements are in place for regular payment of arrears.
Complete an application for Rates penalty remission and send to the Rates Services, PO Box 13, Amberley 7441.
Rates are a charge against the land, and must be paid regardless of who is the owner/occupier. If you feel unpaid arrears are the responsibility of the previous owner, contact them direct about reimbursement, or advise your solicitor. If you have recently purchased this property and unpaid arrears appear on your rates assessment, it is in your interest to ensure they are paid immediately.
Remission & Postponement of rates
Statutory provision exists for the Council to remit or postpone rates in cases of extreme financial hardship. The Council has a policy of considering the postponement of rates where hardship exists. Postponed rates are a charge against the property and must be paid either at the end of the postponement term or when the property is sold.
Interest will be charged on postponed rates for new applicants at the Council's cost of capital, (currently 10%) without incurring additional charges.
Canterbury Regional Council
The Council acts as agent for the collection of rates for the Canterbury Regional Council who determine their own rates.