More than $500k in rates un­paid

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - LAWRENCE GULLERY

Just over $36 mil­lion in rates was to be col­lected by the Mata­mataPi­ako District Coun­cil to ac­count for the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year.

But just over half a mil­lion dol­lars in rates is still ow­ing to the coun­cil, not paid by prop­erty own­ers.

The fig­ures form part of the fi­nance and busi­ness ser­vices re­port to the coun­cil’s cor­po­rate and op­er­a­tions com­mit­tee.

The re­port will be re­viewed by the com­mit­tee at its meet­ing this week.

The to­tal an­nual rates levied for the 2016-17 year was $36,927,000 and the bal­ance of rates ow­ing was $538,000.

The to­tal amount of rates col­lected by the coun­cil, as of June 2017 was $36,389,000. It meant most ratepay­ers, 98.54 per cent, had paid their bill.

The re­port said there was still $324,000 in rates ow­ing from pre­vi­ous years.

There were 14,488 rate­able prop­er­ties in the district in 2017, com­pared to 14,367 in 2016.

Coun­cil staff had pro­cessed 184 change of prop­erty own­er­ship ap­pli­ca­tions dur­ing June 2017, com­pared to 230 in June 2016.

The re­port said the coun­cil’s fi­nan­cial staff had be­gan its end of year re­view and the pre­lim­i­nary re­sults would be avail­able in Au­gust.

The coun­cil’s ex­ter­nal was re­ported to be $29.8m.

Wednesday’s com­mit­tee meet­ing would start with coun­cil chief debt ex­ec­u­tive Don Mcleod’s re­view.

Other items to be dis­cussed in­cluded coun­cil staff turnover for the fi­nan­cial year.

The coun­cil em­ployed 221 full­time equiv­a­lent staff and 31 re­signed from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

It was a staff turnover of 14 per cent.

It com­pared to pre­vi­ous years when the staff turnover was 11 per cent (2015/16), 13 per cent (2014/15) and 17 per cent (2013/14), the re­port said.

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Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Don McLeod.

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