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Rate Rebate

The Rates Rebate Scheme was established in 1973 to provide a subsidy to low-income homeowners on the cost of their rates. The Government has increased the rates rebate thresholds - more people than ever before will be eligible for the rebate.

The following changes came into effect on 1 July 2018:

  • Maximum rebate has increased from $620 to $630.
  • Income threshold increased from $24,790 to $25,180 p.a.
  • Additional income allowance for dependants remains at $500 per dependant.

Are you eligible?

Although a ratepayer's income might exceed the income threshold a rates rebate could still be available, depending on the rates amount and number of dependants. Find out if you could be eligible.

How to apply

Ratepayers apply to their local council for a rates rebate. You can print and complete the following application form to apply. However, please wait until you get your 2018/19 rates bill before you see your council about a rebate.

 When applying for the rates rebate you will need:

  • Your Napier City Council rates invoice (Hawke's Bay Regional Council rates may also be included)
  • Details of your income (before tax) for the previous tax year
  • Proof of your partner/joint homeowner's income if he/she lives with you.

If you are granted a rates rebate the council will credit your rates account by the amount of the rebate.

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