I hereby give notice that an extraordinary meeting of the Albert-Eden Local Board will be held on:

 

Date:††††††††††††††††††††††

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

2.00pm Extraordinary

Albert Eden Local Board Office
135 Dominion Road
Mt Eden

 

Albert-Eden Local Board

 

OPEN ADDENDUM AGENDA

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Peter Haynes

 

Deputy Chairperson

Glenda Fryer

 

Members

Helga Arlington

 

 

Lee Corrick

 

 

Graeme Easte

 

 

Rachel Langton

 

 

Margi Watson

 

 

Tim Woolfield

 

 

(Quorum 4 members)

 

 

 

Michael Mendoza

Democracy Advisor

 

5 June 2015

 

Contact Telephone: (021) 809 149

Email: Michael.Mendoza@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

10 June 2015

 

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Albert-Eden Local Board

10 June 2015

 

Local board feedback on amending the licence to occupy remission scheme to include proposed the Transport Levy

 

File No.: CP2015/11071

 

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Purpose

1.†††††† This report seeks feedback from local boards on the proposal to amend the remission scheme for residents of licence to occupy (LTO) retirement villages and/or Papakāinga housing to remit the proposed Interim Transport Levy (targeted rate) in addition to the Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC).

Executive Summary

2.†††††† On 21 May 2015 the Finance and Performance Committee agreed to consult on the proposal to amend the remission scheme for residents of licence to occupy retirement villages and/or Papakāinga housing to remit the proposed Interim Transport Levy in addition to the UAGC.

3.†††††† This amendment was proposed to address concerns regarding the affordability of the Interim Transport Levy for residents of licence to occupy retirement villages.

4.†††††† Attached to this report is the Proposal to amend Auckland Councilís Rates remission and postponement policy (remission scheme for residents of licence to occupy retirement villages and/or Papakāinga housing). This document forms the basis for consultation with the public. It includes the proposed text for the amended rates remission scheme.

5.†††††† Staff will report back to the Governing Body on the results of consultation and the proposed changes to the Rates remission and postponement policy on 25 June 2015.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)††††† provides feedback on the proposal to amend the remission scheme in the Rates remission and postponement policy for residents of licence to occupy retirement villages and/or Papakāinga housing to remit the proposed Interim Transport Levy (targeted rate) in addition to the Uniform Annual General Charge.

 

 

Comments

Background†††††††††††

6.†††††† Residents of licence to occupy villages are usually responsible for paying the rates associated with their unit. However, they are unable to apply for assistance under the central governmentís rates rebate scheme as they are not the ratepayer.

7.†††††† The Auckland Council offers a rates remissions for residents of licence to occupy retirement villages and papakainga. The current scheme remits the UAGC for those residents who would otherwise qualify for a rate rebate based on their level of household income and amount of rates. The value of this remission is just over 60 per cent of the maximum rebate available under the governmentís scheme.

8.†††††† The remission applies to the rates of the retirement village in which the applicant resides. It is a requirement of the remission scheme that an agreement exists between the village operator/papakainga and Auckland Council.† This agreement requires that the benefit of the rates remission be passed to the resident.

9.†††††† There are more than 6500 units across 67 retirement villages that use license to occupy agreements. Of these, 60 villages have an agreement with Auckland Council that enables their residents to apply for the rates remission scheme for licence to occupy retirement villages. For the 2013/2014 year, 1,156 applicants qualified for remission, at a total cost of $420,000.

Analysis

10.†††† Amending the LTO remission scheme to remit the Interim Transport Levy in addition to the UAGC will increase the value of the remission per qualifying residence to $500 in 2015/2016. This is equivalent to 83 per cent of the maximum rebate available under the governmentís scheme. This compares to Auckland Council applicants for the rates rebate, who on average qualify for 90 per cent of the maximum available rebate.

11.†††† Assuming growth of ten per cent over 2013/2014, the total cost of the LTO remission scheme if the Interim Transport Levy is also remitted will be $635,000 in 2015/2016. This is an increase of $146,000 over the estimated cost of retaining the existing LTO remission scheme. This is 0.01 per cent of the 2015/2016 total rates budget. This cost will be met through the councilís existing allowance for remissions, so will have no impact on other ratepayers.

Consultation

12.†††† Public consultation on the proposal ends 8 June 2015. Consultation has been advertised via public notices and the Shape Auckland website. Details of the proposal have also been sent to all licence to occupy retirement villages, papakainga and marae seeking feedback. To date 25 responses have been received, all supporting the proposal.

Consideration

Local Board views and implications

13.†††† This report seeks feedback on the proposal from local boards.

Māori impact statement

14.†††† To date, the council has not identified any papakainga housing developments that are using licence to occupy agreements. The council has not received any applications for remission from such developments.

15.†††† The council has sent consultation material to Mana Whenua contacts, Papakāinga and marae seeking feedback on the proposal.

Implementation

16.†††† There are no implementation costs to amend the LTO remission scheme as proposed in this report. The recommended proposal does not require any changes to application process for the rates remission scheme, and as such it does not place any increased burden either on applicants, or the management of retirement villages who help administer the scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments

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Proposal to amend Auckland Councilís Rates remission and postponement policy

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Signatories

Author

Beth Sullivan - Principal Advisor, Financial Planning, Policy and Budgeting

Authorisers

Matthew Walker Ė General† Manager, Financial Planning, Policy & Budget

Karen Lyons Ė Manager, Local Board Services Department

Adam Milina - Relationship Manager - Albert-Eden & Orakei Local Boards


Albert-Eden Local Board

10 June 2015

 



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