Rates Information

Rates - A fair way of charging

What the General Rates Cover

Cover the portion of Public Responsibility, Arts and Community Amenities, Civil Defence, Environmental Health, Road and Street Landscapes, Economic Development and Promotion and Airport costs not recovered by the General Charge. Costs associated with the roading network, street lighting, refuse disposal services, dog control, building control, district planning and non-commercial property costs. It is recovered from all ratepayers within the District in the form of a differential general rate levied on the Land Value for the property.

Community Works and Services Rate

Covers the cost of community activities, such as non subsidised roading (footpaths), stormwater drainage and community lighting, is recovered from the community in which the service is provided in the form of a separate community works and services rate levied on the Land Value of the property.

Rural Fire Protection Rate

The cost of providing rural fire protection is recovered from ratepayers excluding the urban areas of Pleasant Point, Geraldine, Temuka and Timaru, in the form of a separate rural fire protection rate levied on the land value of the property.

Uniform Annual General Charge

The cost of providing community amenities such as libraries, swimming pools, parks, the cost of public responsibility, civil defence, environmental health, road and street landscapes, economic development and promotion and the airport is recovered from all ratepayers in the form of a uniform annual general charge levied at the same level on all ratepayers.

Aquatic Centre Rate

Covers the cost of Caroline Bay Aquatic Centre.

Uniform Community Board Charge

The cost of providing specific Council services as determined by the Temuka, Geraldine and Pleasant Point Community Boards is recovered from those ratepayers in the form of a uniform annual Community Board Charge.

Uniform Annual Sewer Charge

The cost of providing sewerage disposal is recovered from those ratepayers who receive the service in the form of a uniform annual sewer charge. This charge is averaged over the district.

Uniform Annual Waste Management Charge

The cost of providing refuse collection is recovered from those ratepayers who receive the service in the form of a targeted differentiated annual waste management charge. The differentiation is on the geographical location of the property serviced.

Water Charges

The annual water charge covers the cost of providing water to ratepayers.

Community Charge

To provide funding for specific expenditure within a defined community of interest area.

Differential Rating

The differential is applied to the General Rate. There are nine categories used, to provide a fair system of collecting rates according to use and demand.

  • Accommodation
  • Commercial - Central Commercial - Other
  • Community Services
  • Industrial
  • Primary
  • Recreational
  • Residential - General
  • Residential - Multi Unit

Ratepayer Information

Copies of rate accounts and details of rates on individual properties are available at the Timaru District Council Offices in Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine.

Payment can be made by cash, cheque or Eftpos at all three locations. Direct debit, internet banking (via your bank website) and telephone banking options can be used. Ask our staff.

Timaru District Council collects rates on behalf of Environment Canterbury.