STDC to Review TRC Rate Collection Service
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The South Taranaki District Council (STDC) has decided to review whether it continues to collect rates on behalf of the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC).
Currently, the TRC has a contract with the STDC to collect rates on its behalf at the same time the STDC collects theirs. The New Plymouth and Stratford District Councils have similar arrangements with the TRC.
However, at last Monday’s Council meeting, Councillor Ian Wards, who initiated the request for a review, says he felt South Taranaki ratepayers, when looking at their rates bill, don’t necessarily make the distinction between the district rates struck by the STDC and those collected on behalf of the Regional Council.
Mr Wards says the Councillors’ concerns have been heightened by the Taranaki Regional Council’s recent decision to introduce a $54.40 targeted rate on all South Taranaki ratepayers for Yarrow Stadium.
“Because the TRC rate is included on our rates bill we are concerned that the STDC is getting the blame for a decision we didn’t support,” says Councillor Wards.
South Taranaki Mayor, Ross Dunlop acknowledged the cost savings and convenience in having just one invoice sent out for both the district and regional Council.
“As part of the review we need to get all the facts together so we can weigh all elements up. We wouldn’t want to do something that could end up costing our ratepayers even more.”