Targeted rates for Rivers and Drainage Schemes vary significantly depending on
- the annual operating cost for the Scheme and
- the number of properties within the Scheme (i.e. higher population areas pay lower rates because there are more people sharing the costs).
Operating costs are also affected by heavy rainfall events (i.e. the 2017 floods in Eastern Bay of Plenty and 2018 floods in Rotorua/Ngongotahā) causing damages that require repair works to be carried out.
Targeted rates are also determined by the level of service or benefit that your rateable property is receiving within that Scheme. This means you may be paying a different targeted rate to someone else in the same River Scheme.
For example, if your property is in a low-lying area, you are more at risk from flooding than someone who is located on higher ground. Therefore, as your rateable property receives greater benefit from our assets and services, your rateable property will have a different classification and a different rate than someone else who may not benefit as much.