Local councils provide a wide range of services for the benefit of the community, including managing and maintain expensive infrastructure such as local roads, libraries, sport and recreation facilities, parks and playgrounds, and street lighting. Councils also provide services such as planning and development assessment, waste collection, and economic development.
In setting rates, councils are governed by the Local Government Act 1999 (the Act), which provides flexibility for councils to make decisions that suit their local community. As a result, the way one council structures its rates may differ from another council. However, no matter what council, your rates will reflect the cost of services provided to your community.