21-may-2019
21 May 2019
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Waitomo District Rates Reminder
This is a friendly reminder that the fourth instalment of your 2018/2019 rates is due by 5pm, Friday 31 May 2019.  Rates invoices were posted out in April.  Payments received after 5pm, May 31 will attract a 10% penalty.
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Rates payments can be made at the Waitomo District Council office, Queen Street Te Kuiti, over the phone by credit card or by Internet Banking using your valuation number as your reference.
Kerbside Recycling Collection Service
A reminder to RINSE AND CLEAN containers, cans and bottles for recycling:
  • Only plastics 1 and 2 are accepted. No bottle lids please.
  • Paper, cardboard, glass, tin and aluminium cans can be recycled.
  • Food contaminated items that cannot be cleaned can be removed from the recycling stream and sent to landfill.
  • Squash plastics and cans, and flatten cardboard.
  • Place Green Bin on kerbside by 8am on collection day.
Large volumes of recycling can be taken to the Transfer Station.
Discretionary Grants June Funding Round
Applications for the next Discretionary Grants funding round must be received by 5 pm on the 1stJune 2019 or the next working day following this.  Community clubs, groups, and organisations operating within the Waitomo District on a not-for-profit basis may be eligible to apply.

Please read WDC’s Community Development Fund Policy to check your eligibility or contact the friendly customer services team on 07-878-0800.  Application forms and policy details are available on our website.
General Valuation 2018
The Rating Valuations Act 1998 requires that every property in New Zealand must be revalued for rating purposes at least once every three years.  Quotable Value Limited (as Council’s valuation service provider) completed Waitomo District Council’s General Revaluation in September 2018.

Rating Values are calculated using a complex process called mass-appraisal. Basically, valuers consider relevant property sales from your area around the time of the valuation. A market trend is established and applied to similar properties.

The rating valuations are an estimate of a properties market value (excluding chattels) as at September 2018.  Property markets tend to change over time, so rating valuations do not necessarily reflect current market value at a later date.

The General Revaluation helps us to work out everyone’s share of the rates.  The aim of the Revaluation is for rating purposes only and is not to provide values for property owners to use for marketing, sales or any other purposes.

In 2012 the total value of the Waitomo District decreased by 7.2%. The result of the 2015 revaluation was an increase of 2%.
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The Waitomo District is now worth $3.6 billion which is an increase of 17.1% from the 2015 values. The significant increase is a result of the strong property market which has impacted on the residential and lifestyle categories in particular, as shown below. 
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Summary of the 2018 value changes for the main categories in the Waitomo District
Overall residential property values have increased by 44.9%, land values by 44.3%, and developed commercial property by 19.2%.
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Property owners were given until 7 December 2018 to object to the revised valuations.  A total of 63 objections were received and reviewed by the valuation service provider. The new valuations will be used for rating purposes from 1 July 2019.

Will the Revaluation affect the rates I pay?

An adjustment in a property’s capital value does not mean that the property rates will automatically change. This is because the revaluation does not impact the rates revenue required by Council to provide the services. However, the revaluation can result in a change to the rates charged to individual properties with some increasing and some decreasing because the rates charged on the basis of capital value are split among properties proportionally.
If you think of the Council’s rates revenue requirement as a pie, the size of the pie does not increase because of the revaluation. However, a ratepayer’s slice of pie might get bigger or smaller depending on how their property value has changed in relation to the average change for the district.

It is important to note that only rates charged on the basis of capital value will be affected by the revaluation (General Rate, District Roading Rate, District Development Rates, and Urban Stormwater Rate).  All other rates charged on a uniform basis will not be affected.   For example, in the 2018/19 year, a typical residential property with a capital value of $170,000 has annual rates of $3,664.00. Less than a quarter of this amount, $707, is based on the properties valuation so only this portion is affected by a change in valuation. The remainder of the total rates is not impacted by valuation changes. 
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Further information

Following the adoption of Council’s Annual Plan later in the month, ratepayers will be provided with the opportunity to access rates information online detailing the rates for individual properties for the 2019/2020 rating year beginning 1 July 2019.
Resident Survey 2019
Waitomo District Council (WDC) with help of Versus Research Ltd will carry out the annual Residents Survey for 2019.
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WDC is committed to delivering a high level of service to the community. Our survey will measure and monitor community satisfaction with Council performance and the services and facilities provided including roads, footpaths, water, refuse, recycling and sewerage.  

The survey provides an annual measure of resident and ratepayer satisfaction with the Council, in relation to key performance measures set by the Long Term Plan 2018-28, that can be utilised to inform and enhance Council performance long term.

Residents will be sent an invitation to participate online or will be contacted directly via a telephone survey.  

If you would prefer to complete a paper survey, you can collect one from the WDC Office Queen St, Waitomo District Library on Taupiri St, or the Visitor Information Centre on Rora St.  If you have any questions, please contact the Waitomo District Council Customer Services team on (07) 878 0800 or email info@waitomo.govt.nz

Provide feedback by 5pm, Friday 14 June and go into the draw to WIN A $250 NEW WORLD VOUCHER.
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Waitomo District Council is committed to keeping our community informed about what we are doing and why we are doing it.
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Our engagement tool the Waitomo Way is also available online.  Subscribe to receive updates on our services and facilities at home, at work or on-the-go.  Visit waitomoway.buzzit.co.nz/subscribe