Rates help to pay for council services such as kerbside collections

Council rates arriving soon

by Mike Isle

Selwyn District Council rates invoices for the period July 1 2019 to June 30 2020 will be arriving in letterboxes and inboxes soon.

However, you don’t have to wait to check out what you are up for; your rates can be found online by visiting selwyn.govt.nz/rates and clicking on property search.

If you pay by direct debit, you will receive information on your new direct debit in a separate letter.

For ratepayers not on a direct debit, rates are payable in four instalments September 15, December, March and June. Penalties are charged on instalments not paid in full by the due dates, and there is a further penalty if rates are not paid by June 30.

The rates invoice details the rates assessed for a property for both the Council and Environment Canterbury. The council assesses a general rate, based on your property’s capital value, district-wide targeted rates, plus other targeted rates based on where you live, or the services you receive.

The council is also agent for the collection of Environment Canterbury rates within Selwyn district. The average rates increase for the 2019/20 year is six per cent; however, this will vary for individual properties. This year also takes account of updated capital values, which may affect the amount of rates you pay.

Rates may also increase if you have made changes to your property, for example, if you have built a house on your section, or if you have changed your wheelie bins.

If you have any queries regarding your rates, please contact the council by email rates@selwyn.govt.nz or ring them on 03 347 2776.