INFORMATION SHEET ON: AUCKLAND COUNCIL PROPOSAL TO CHARGE RATES ON ‘RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS’.
HOW TO GIVE FEEDBACK TO SUPPORT LIMITING THE APPLICATION OF THE PROPOSED NEW RATES CHARGES. TO BE SUBMITTED BY 17TH MARCH.
At the end of last year, Auckland Council sent out a notice advising that religious organisations deemed to be using parts of their properties for commercial use, would have to pay business rates. “Deemed …commercial use(s)” would be such things as: child care operations, Op shops, car parks, libraries, room hire etc. The charge would be made regardless of the amount of income such things generated, even if small. The effect would be that that without warning, churches and other organisations would face additional costs, possibly in the tens of thousands of dollars annually.
An amendment to the proposal has been tabled by a small group of councillors, which will be voted on at an upcoming Auckland Council Budget vote. If passed, this will restrict these additional charges to just what would effectively be genuinely commercial operations. To get this amendment carried requires the public to give feedback supporting the amendment, and for that to be received by March 17th.
This note provides information on how to give that feedback. All members are requested to participate in this.
HOW TO GIVE FEEDBACK
OPTION 1 ONLINE.
Click ‘HAVE YOUR SAY’ then
Click ‘START’ then
You will see 1. Changes to rates and fees which includes the bullet point ‘not charging rates on some parts of the land owned by religious organisations’,
In the box at bottom of this write your comment supporting this change. Here are three suggestions of what you could say, or use your own words. It is best if not everyone is saying the same thing:
I support the proposal to not charge rates on some parts of the land owned by religious organisations. OR
It will be damaging for the sense of community in Auckland if religious organisations suffer additional rates charges and have to close as consequence. I support the proposed change. OR
Many churches and other religious organisations will not be able to bear additional costs. I support the proposal to not charge rates on some parts of the land owned by religious organisations’.
Then, keep clicking Next at the bottom of each page until you to page 4 of 5 headed Your Details. Put in your details. Note, where asked, these are your ‘personal views’. You don’t have to provide any of the info under the heading “Some more information about you”
Then, click Next to get to Page 5 of 5. Questions on Page 5 are optional. Click Finish at the end of Page 5. All done.
You should shortly receive an email confirming receipt of you submission
OPTION 2. USE THE WRITTEN FORM – WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK.
These are available in the church (screen bench at St Luke’s), or from a library.
You can also download and print the form below:
You only have to respond to Question 1 (which is at the bottom of page 1)- where it says “Please tell us what you think……..” Write in the space provided one of the suggested responses above or use your own words. Then fill in your personal details at the end of the form (Page 4). Then drop off or post as per the instructions on the front page of the document.