More than $500k in rates unpaid
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.
Matamata-Piako District Council chief executive Don McLeod.