Buller District Council

Media Release- Rates Policy Review

20th July, 2018

Yesterday, Buller District Council continued its consideration on reviewing how rates are set for the District. Further workshops are planned over coming months with an intent to get to a simpler and fair rating system.

Chief Executive Officer, Mr Keith Marshall said “the current Buller District Council rating system is one of the most complex in the country.”  The Mayor and Councillors spent time yesterday considering the current mix of 43 different rating approaches being used across the District.

“It’s really easy to understand why people might wonder about its fairness.  Something definitely needs doing to simplify and streamline the current approach somehow. Ultimately, people need to be able to easily see the transparency and fairness.”

Workshops are open to the public and are advertised ahead of time.  The next rating workshop in a month or so will be looking at some number-crunching to see what effects any simplification might have.

 

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