Rates

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Stratford District Council rates are payable in four equal instalments, due on:

  • 30 August 2017
  • 29 November 2017
  • 28 February 2018
  • 30 May 2018

Payments can be made by:

  • Direct Debit
  • Automatic payment
  • Internet banking
  • Cheque
  • Cash
  • Eftpos
  • Online - click here for more information

To set up direct debits, automatic payments or to use internet banking, we have forms with the relevant information here.

For any further enquiries regarding rates please contact Council (06) 765 6099 and ask for our Rates Officer.

How much are my rates?

You can contact us to find out how much your rates are, or search on Taranaki Regional Xplorer.  

Can I receive my rates invoices by email?

Yes, click here to sign up to recieve your rates invoices by email. If you have already signed up, and would no longer like to receive your rates by email you can opt out here. 

Taranaki Regional Xplorer

Taranaki Regional Xplorer is designed to provide public access (especially for ratepayers) to District and Regional Council information. It provides aerial photos of the region as well as Property Search, Rating Information database, and Rating Valuation functions.

Regional Council Rates

The Stratford District Council has an agreement with the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) to collect rates on the TRC’s behalf.

The Stratford District Council's role in this matter is as collection agency only. If you have any queries regarding the Regional Council rates or services, please direct them to the Taranaki Regional Council, phone (06) 765 7127.

Penalties

Pursuant to Section 57 and 58 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, the following penalties on unpaid rates will be applied:

  • A charge of 10% on so much of any installment that has been assessed after 1 July and which remains unpaid after the due date for that installment.
  • A charge of 10% on so much of any rates levied before 1 July which remain unpaid on 10 July or such later date as required under Section 58 (1)(b)(ii).
  • A continuing additional penalty of 10% on so much of any rates levied before 1 July which remain unpaid six months after the previous penalty was added.

Penalties imposed are exempt from GST.

Ratepayers are reminded that payments must be received in the Council Office by 4:30pm on the final payment date.

Stratford District Council takes no responsibility for delays in the mail service or for the circumstances beyond council's control.

Rates Rebates

The Rates Rebate Scheme was established in 1973 to provide a subsidy to low-income homeowners on the cost of their rates. The Government is increasing the rates rebate thresholds – more people than ever before will be eligible for the rebate.

The following changes come into effect from 1 July 2017:

Maximum rebate reamains at $620

Income threshold increased from $24,470 to $24,790

This means the income threshold for a full rates rebate for the 2016/2017 year is $24,790. Homeowners can apply for the new rebate from 1 July 2017, for the 2017/2018 rating year. The closing date for applications is 30 June 2018.

You can download an application form here or pick one up from the Council office on Miranda Street, Stratford. Phone (06) 765 6099 for more information.

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Rate Arrears and Penalty Write Off
Rates Remission
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