What do rates pay for?

Rating system

Rates are a charge against a property (rating unit) and set by your local and regional councils.  Rates are a blend of "tax" and service charges.  Councils levy rates to fund services and facilities that the community has asked for and to fund services that Government requires councils to provide.

Service charges are costs that can be measured and charged directly to those who benefit from them.  These include services such as water and wastewater.  Most other rates, either targeted or general, are essentially a "tax".

We use a capital value rating system.  The valuation of the city is done every three years.

Upper Hutt City Council rates are calculated using the property value and the use of the property, such as residential, business and rural.  Council's Annual Plan or Long Term Plan decides the work to be done, how much it will cost and the total amount of rates that are needed to pay for it. 

More information on how your rates are apportioned to these areas is available in our Annual PlanLong Term Plan and Rates Resolution(PDF, 280KB).

Local rates

Rates that are collected for Upper Hutt City Council fund programs and services in the following categories:

  • Community services
  • Economic development
  • Planning and regulatory services
  • Leadership
  • Stormwater
  • Water supply
  • Land transport
  • Waste water and solid waste
  • Facilities

Regional council rates

We collect rates on behalf of the Greater Wellington Regional Council - that's why you'll find us both on your rates invoices.  When you pay your rates invoice, including when you set up a direct debit, you're paying both councils.  It's less administration for you, and saves time and money on payment processing on our end.

You can find out more on the GWRC website.