All Services - overview and cost per week

Every year South Waikato ratepayers make an annual rates contribution to Council.

This page will help you to understand what Council does on your behalf and show how much of your rates goes towards funding each of these activities for the 2017-18 financial year.

Properties in the district all have different values so it is impossible to detail individual rates for each property in a format like this.

The page shows the cost per week of our 21 services or activities based on an urban property that is valued at $135,000*. If your property is valued higher or lower than this amount, the dollars listed in this booklet will be a little different. But this page will give you an overview of what Council does, why and an idea of what ratepayers pay for each activity of Council.

Council services are pretty good value!

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Terminology

For simplicity this page shows the funding for each activity from three sources:

  • GENERAL RATES - this is a combination of a uniform annual general charge portion (every property pays the same amount) and a general rate portion (amount is calculated on the capital value of each property). Rural properties tend to have higher rates because of the portion of rates that is dependent on capital value - generally a farm has a higher capital value than an urban property. This is acknowledged in this booklet - we have based figures on an urban property valued at $135.000. This is the average house price across urban properties in the district. Cost per week will change for houses with a higher or lower values.
  • TARGETED RATES - these rates are targeted to specific people/properties, ie only people in that group (or area) pay this rate. Examples are a water supply rate that is paid only by ratepayers in properties that are connected to our water supply, a business promotion rate for a specific community, or a hall rate for a specific area.
  • FEES AND CHARGES - these charges are paid by the user, ie if you use the service you pay a fee. Examples are pool entry fee, dog registration fee, weighbridge charge at the landfill.


OUR SERVICES

Cemeteries (Urupā)

Cost per week - $0.08

There are four cemeteries in the South Waikato, one in Tīrau, two in Putāruru and one in Tokoroa. Local authorities have a legal responsibility to make provision for public cemeteries. We perform around 80 burials and 40 ash interments each year. Council maintains all cemetery grounds and keeps records of all plots. These are searchable online via Council’s website.

  • Why? We are required to under the Burials and Cremations Act 1964. Cemeteries are not generally commercially viable so private provision of this necessary activity does not occur, therefore Council is mandated to provide for this service.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 40% by rates and 60% by users (ie, fees and charges).
  • Total rate contribution? $77,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $0.08 towards this activity*.


 

Civil Defence (Whakahaere Ohotata)

Cost per week - $0.29

In emergencies that go beyond the capabilities and capacity of emergency services such as Police and Ambulance, Council helps to access more resources and co-ordinates support to assist in protecting people and property. Council staff volunteer for specific Civil Defence roles during emergencies, preparing and training throughout the year.

  • Why? We are required to under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. Council has a responsibility to prepare for and facilitate civil defence emergencies on behalf of its community.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 100% by rates.
  • Total rate contribution? $274,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $0.29 towards this activity*.


 

Animal Control (Kaiwhakararata Karaehe)

Cost per week - $0.32

Our Animal Control and Compliance officers are responsible for dealing with complaints regarding dogs and stock. Council also handles dog registrations and manages the dog pound. Officers also inforce other Bylaws such as Public Places. There are 4,099 known dogs in the district registered to 2,749 dog owners. Council responds to over 2,300 animal control related queries each year.

  • Why? We are required to under the Dog Control Act 1996. Council has a responsibility under this Act to ensure public safety from dogs.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 40% by rates and 60% by users (ie, fees and charges).
  • Total rate contribution? $295,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $0.32 towards this activity*.


Council Facilities (Whaitua Hapori)

Cost per week - $0.33

Council owns and manages a number of community facilities including Council buildings, The Plaza, community halls, airfield, and others.

  • Why? Council facilities like community halls and The Plaza foster community cohesion and provide for performing arts. Others like the airfield provide for necessary leisure and sporting activities that promotes community health and wellbeing. Leisure facilities like pools, libraries and the events centre are covered separately and not included here.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded:
    • 95% of community halls is funded by targeted rates (only those in the hall rating area) and
    • 5% by users (ie, fees and charges).
    • 90% of property management is funded by rates and 10% by users (ie, fees and charges).
    • 100% of the Plaza and Tīrau Hall is funded by rates
    • 40% of the airport is funded by rates and 60% by users (ie, fees and charges)
  • Total rate contribution? $310,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $0.33 towards this activity*.


South Waikato Sport and Events Centre (Whare Tauwhāinga)

Cost per week - $0.42

Situated at the Tokoroa Memorial Sportsground, the South Waikato Sport and Events Centre overlooks the oval with the wider sportsground forming a backdrop. The facility has a two court arena and two function rooms (that can be joined to create one large room), and changing facilities for up to four teams.
It has proven to be a popular venue for events and activities and achieved a 98% satisfaction rating in
the recent customer satisfaction survey - April 2017.

  • Why? Council constructed this central facility to consolidate the activities previously held at smaller venues to encourage cost effective delivery of leisure and sport activities. This facility also attracts high profile events while providing our growing community with access to appropriate spoort and leisure facilities.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 80% by rates and 20% by users (ie, fees and charges).
  • Total rate contribution? $397,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $0.42 towards this activity*.


Environmental Health (Oranga Taiao)

Cost of week - $0.46

Environmental Health covers an unusually vast array of activities. When you have a slice of cake, grab a bottle of wine, go for a haircut - or visit businesses like motels, camping grounds, funeral directors, the team has made sure that good standards of hygiene are present and regulations followed, giving you confidence in the facilities and providing for community safety and wellbeing. Around 220 health licences are issued each year. The team also:

  • respond to over 1,300 nuisance complaints such as noise, vermin, long grass and insanitary conditions
  • investigate infectious diseases
  • provide safeguards after incidents involving hazardous substances, eg chemical spills from accidents
  • among a number of other duties!
  • Why? We are required to under several pieces of legislation including the Food Act 2014, Health Act 1965, Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, among others.  There are high levels of public good involved in Council ensuring premises are hygienic, monitored and certified.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 80% by rates and 20% by users (ie, fees and charges).
  • Total rate contribution? $433,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $0.46 towards this activity*.


Building (Hanganga Whare)

Cost per week - $0.53

Council is an accredited Building Consent Authority (BCA) which manages, processes and inspects consented building work. The Building Control team administer this process, which is designed to ensure that buildings within the South Waikato meet all the criteria under the Building Act 2004. This can be anything from processing the application, inspecting building work during construction, issuing code compliance certificates and administering building warrants of fitness. Around 500 new building consent applications are processed each year. In addition, we are required to inspect swimming pools for compliance under the Building Act 2004.

  • Why? This service could be provided by an external provider however this would likely mean increased costs for our community. We provide a cost-efficient service that meets our customers’ needs. This type of service - monitoring and regulation - is a core competency of Council.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 50% by rates and 50% by users (ie, fees and charges).
  • Total rate contribution? $491,000 for the 2017-18 financial year
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $0.53 towards this activity*.


Public Toilets (Whareiti Tūmatanui)

Cost per week - $0.54

Council owns and maintains 33 public toilet blocks or single public toilets across the district. These are found in our CBD areas, public spaces in Council buildings and reserves. Public toilets are an important part of our tourism attractions, particularly along the Waikato River Trails and Te Waihou Walkway.

  • Why? Historically councils have provided for public toilets. This maintains high levels of hygiene and provides for convenience for locals and visitors. The public toilet service is complemented by private toilets in businesses.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 100% by rates.
  • Total rate contribution? $509,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $0.54 towards this activity*.


 

Economic Development (Whakawhanake Ōhanga)

Cost per week - $0.56

Council invests in promoting the South Waikato as an economically viable place for business and industry as well as having tourism opportunities. With the aid of the South Waikato Investment Fund Trust, Council is focussed on encouraging strong economic development, promoting the district as a place to invest, funding information centres, marketing tourism opportunities, training and educational expansion for the district and signature events. Council also has a Business Case Management Service and offers a Business Mentoring Scheme to assist both new and expanding businesses.

  • Why? The community has indicated that economic development and district promotion are important priorities so that we can retain and attract new business to increase employment and foster population growth. Council will continue to play a lead role in facilitating continued economic growth.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 100% by rates.
  • Total rate contribution? $521,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $0.56 towards this activity*.


Sportsgrounds (Papa Hākinakina)

Cost per week - $0.65

Whether you’re playing rugby with your mates or watching your kids play soccer, South Waikato sportsgrounds are always well maintained and available for all residents to use. Council manages and maintains four sportsgrounds across the district.

Why? Providing sportsgrounds encourages sport in our young people and adults alike. Clubs are unlikely to be able to support individual grounds so Council provides central facilities for use by clubs. Sport raises esteem in people, increases levels of fitness and fosters healthy lifestyles and opportunities.

How funded? Currently this activity is funded 95% by rates and 5% by users (ie, fees and charges).

Total rate contribution? $606,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.

My contribution? Every week you contribute $0.65 towards this activity*.


Planning and Monitoring (Whakamaherehere)

Cost per week - $1.01

The team process around 80 resource consents each year - for development (eg, dairy factories, restaurants etc) or subdividing properties. These are processed under district planning rules and the Resource Management Act (RMA). The RMA promotes the sustainable management of natural and physical resources such as land, air and water. Council ensures rigorous assessment of applications, monitors approved consents and conducts District Plan Reviews and Plan Changes as required.  Council’s Business Case Management function sits here too.

  • Why? We are required to administer the planning rules and process resource consents, primarily under the Resource Management Act 1991. The processes required for resource consents is most appropriately delivered by specialised  in-house council staff who can provide efficiencies.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded:
    65% (of consent processing) by rates and 35%  by users (ie, fees and charges)
    100% of policy planning and consent and environmental monitoring is funded by rates
  • Total rate contribution? $946,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $1.01 towards this activity*.


Swimming Pools (Puna Kaukau)

Cost per week - $1.20

Council provides safe hygienic pools for recreation and sport activities. Public swimming pools are located in Tokoroa, Putāruru and Tīrau. The South Waikato Indoor Pools in Tokoroa is heated and operates all year round. The outdoor pools in Putāruru and Tīrau are seasonal, open during summer months only. Programmes such as Woggle classes and Learn to Swim classes are run at the indoor pool facility. The Pools achieved a 96% satisfaction rating in the recent Perceptions Survey (April 2017).

  • Why? Public swimming pools have traditionally been provided by councils. Council has a role to provide for leisure services for its community to enable general health and wellbeing.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded:
    • 80% of South Waikato Indoor Pools by rates and 20% by users (ie, fees and charges)
    • 90% of seasonal pools by rates and 10% by users (ie, fees and charges)
  • Total rate contribution? $1,124,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $1.20 towards this activity*.


Libraries (Whare Pukapuka)

Cost per week - $1.34

The South Waikato has libraries in Tokoroa and Putāruru (dual role providing Council services) and a library outreach service in Tīrau called LibraryLink operating out of The Dog. Our libraries offer a wide range of services including books, e-books, toys (Tokoroa only), puzzles, DVDs, free internet and WiFi service, and much more. A ‘housebound’ service is run from the Tokoroa and Putāruru libraries. The team run programmes for children of all ages, from school holiday programmes to celebrating national promotion weeks such as Māori Language Week and Library Week and cultural festivals like Matariki, among others. Libraries ranked a 98% satisfaction rating in the April 2017 Perceptions Survey.

Why? There are no other potential providers of a total public library service. Council’s involvement is due to public demand for a range of recreational, informational and educational services. Libraries provide a high level of public good and community cohesion.

How funded? Currently this activity is funded 90% by rates and 10% by users (ie, fees and charges).

Total rate contribution? $1,257,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.

My contribution? Every week you contribute $1.34 towards this activity*.


 

Community Support (Tautoko ā-Hapori)

Cost per week - $1.61

The Community Support Team advocates and supports on behalf of the community through strong relationships with many community organisations involved in all aspects of community life, including arts and culture, health and wellbeing, training and youth development.  They organise civic events and provide funding channels through social service contracts and grants.
Council grants funding to a number of organisations, including Information Centres, Waikato River Trails, TCOSS, Pride in Putāruru, Tokoroa Big Weekend, Overdale Community Centre, Hamilton Waikato Tourism, the Plaza, Sport Waikato and event funding.

  • Why? Councils’ support of community organisations and events provides opportunities for community cohesion, development and sustainability, This support fosters health and wellbeing, an enhanced pride in our community, towns and district and the opportunity for economic development.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 100% by rates
  • Total rate contribution? $1,508,584 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $1.61 towards this  activity*.


 

Stormwater (Wai Āwhā)

Cost per week - $1.64

Council’s role in stormwater drainage is to provide effective drainage and disposal so that the roading network can function effectively and safely, reduce the risks to people from stormwater ponding for long periods and mitigate the environmental effects of contamination of the stormwater discharge. There are118,281 kms of stormwater pipes, open drains and watercourse in the urban stormwater network. Stormwater drainage is also to prevent flooding of private property and to take stormwater from properties and road surfaces in pipes and open drains and disperse it into water courses.

  • Why? Historically councils have provided this function. It is a core function and aligns with the roading and footpath activity.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 100% by targeted rates (only those in the urban rating areas).
  • Total rate contribution? $685,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $1.64 towards this activity*.


 

Parks and reserves (Papa Rēhia me ngā Papa Rāhui)

Cost per week - $2.07

The South Waikato is a beautiful place to live, work and play, with more than 279 hectares of parks, reserves and playgrounds on our doorstep. Council’s parks and reserves include seven lakeside reserves, five scenic bush reserves, two recreational reserves, 59 other reserves and Te Waihou Walkway. Across all parks and reserves in the district there are 13 playgrounds and two skateparks. We also maintain a number of plantation strips, flowerbeds, park furniture, roadside gardens and street trees. Council maintains the grounds, keeps environmental issues in check and makes sure all equipment is safe and in good condition.

  • Why? Parks and reserves are vested in Council under the Reserves Act 1977. We provide such facilities to foster the physical and mental wellbeing of our people and support community cohesion. Recreational reserves contribute to the economy through commercial operations, events and tourism.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 95% by rates and 5% by users (ie, fees and charges).
  • Total rate contribution? $1,935,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $2.07 towards this activity*.


Governance and Corporate (Kāwanatanga me te Rangatōpū)

Cost per week - $2.09

Corporate costs include a share of all the administrative and management functions that support the governance and strategy development of Council, like general management, corporate planning, communications, community engagement, financial, legal, strategy and information services. Governance costs include elections and Councillor remuneration and expenses.

  • Why? Council is governed by statute. Governance provides for democratic representation of its community to ensure oversight of the affairs of Council, strategy development and community advocacy. Council is effectively a business and there are a multitude of business support processes and activities that ensure appropriate business management practices are followed.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded:
    • 100% of the district governance and corporate management activity is funded by rates
    • 100% of the Tīrau Community Board is funded by targeted rates (Tīrau Ward ratepayers only)
  • Total rate contribution? $1,950,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute  $2.09 towards this activity*.


 

Waste Management (Wāhi Whakatika Paru)

Cost per week - $2.43

Waste management involves a number of activities. Council owns and manages a transfer station in Putāruru and a landfill in Tokoroa. We do an urban household weekly refuse collection and an urban fortnightly recycling collection. We manage five recycling stations across the district and the main Croad Place recycling facility in Tokoroa.

  • Why? Historically councils have been involved in the provision of landfills and refuse disposal for communities for public health and safety reasons. We are empowered under the Local Government Act 2002 to be involved in waste management. Council provides this service to ensure cost-efficient delivery of waste management and promotion of waste minimisation.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded:
    • 30% of landfill costs are funded by rates and 70% by users (ie, fees and charges)
    • 100% of recycling is funded by targeted rates
    • 55% of refuse collection is funded by targeted rates (urban ratepayers only) and 45% by bag sales
    • 100% of general litter collection in CBD areas is funded by rates.
  • Total rate contribution? $1,310,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $2.43 towards this activity*.


 

Roading (Rori)

Cost per week - $5.03

The South Waikato District Council owns 540km of roads, 170km of footpaths, 45 bridges and large culverts, 38 stock underpasses, 3,030 signs and 2,158 streetlights. To ensure that travel around the district is as safe as possible, all of these assets are regularly maintained, renewed and improved upon. State Highways are maintained by the New Zealand Transport Agency making it necessary for Council to manage the supporting network.

  • Why? Council provides a roading network and associated services (like footpaths) to ensure easy, safe and secure access to and within the district to ensure economic growth, movement of our community and visitors and access to our facilities for current and future generations.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 100% by rates (after subsidies).
  • Total rate contribution? $4,702,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute  $5.03 towards this activity*.


 

Water Supply (Puna Wai)

Cost per week - $6.37

Water - it’s for cleaning, drinking, showering, swimming and a whole lot more. It is the one thing we simply can’t live without! Council aims to provide a safe and reliable supply of water to residential, industrial and commercial properties that meets the Drinking Water Standards. It also plays a role in supporting community safety through fire-fighting capability. Council has six water treatment plants.

  • Why? Council has historically been involved in the provision of utility services like water for public health, environmental and safety reasons.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 100% by targeted rates (urban users, including metered users).
  • Total rate contribution? $2,462,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $6.37 towards this activity*.


 

Wastewater (Waipara)

Cost per week - $7.23

Ever wondered what happens when you flush the toilet? Ever thought where the water from the dishwasher goes? Ever considered what would happen if you had to deal with it all yourself? Council’s role in wastewater is paramount to public health and safety. We collect, remove and treat wastewater from all urban households to make it safe to discharge into the environment, either into a waterway or onto land. Council adheres to resource consents that are issued by the regional council to ensure our discharges have minimal effect on the environment. Council has four wastewater treatment systems.

  • Why? Council has historically been involved in the provision of utility services like wastewater for public health, environmental and safety reasons.
  • How funded? Currently this activity is funded 100% by targeted rates (urban ratepayers only).
  • Total rate contribution? $3,248,000 for the 2017-18 financial year.
  • My contribution? Every week you contribute $7.23 towards this activity*.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


 

 


 

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