Rates instalments now quarterly
Porirua City Council reduced the number of rates instalments each year from five to four. The change was made in July and should make it easier for residents to budget as it shifts payments into traditional quarterly periods. It will also move the old mid-January payment out of the busy Christmas holiday period and into February. We believe this will make it easier for people to manage the payments and reduce the number of residents hit by penalties for late or missed payments.
The other advantage is that it will cut Council costs and brings Porirua’s rates instalments into line with other Councils. However, it does mean each instalment will be slightly higher than when spread over four payments. To help manage the cost , residents can set up “Easy Pay” direct debit payments so money is automatically deducted from bank accounts weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
Find out more about payment methods by searching rates at www.pcc.govt.nz or call the Council (04) 237-5089.
Rates help fund a raft of services and facilities across the city, including water supply, rubbish collection, roads and footpaths, parks, reserves and sports fields, Pataka Art + Museum, libraries, swimming pools and lessons, cemeteries, harbour restoration and village planning.
Proposed District Plan 16
Proposed District Plan 16 - Network Utilities: open for appeal to the Environment Court until Friday 11 September 2015. Any person who made a submission or further submission may appeal. See our Proposed District Plan 16 page for full details and files.
Arena Aquatic Centre maintenance closedown
The Arena Aquatic Centre is closed until Friday 7 August for routine maintenance. During this period, Cannons Creek Pool, in Bedford Street, will have extended opening hours for the public. View the Cannons Creek Pool public swimming times (pdf).
On 9 June 2015, the Local Government Commission announced it will not proceed with its draft proposal for a two-tier single council in the Wellington region. The Commission will instead work with councils and communities on other options to address the challenges faced by the region. For more information on the Commission’s decision and other regional governance discussions, visit our Local Government Reform Information and Resources page.