District's rates fourth lowest in NZ


The Ashburton District Council rates are the fourth lowest in the country, according to the latest report from New Zealand Taxpayers' Union.

Ashburton's average residential rate for 2017/18 year was $1850, compared to the national average of $2368.

The districts below Ashburton on the rates table were Grey ($1846), Mackenzie ($1796) and Southland ($1737).

Timaru was 11th cheapest with $2062, while Auckland topped the rates table on $3387. No figures were supplied for Buller and Waikato district.

The Taxpayers' Union report shows Ashburton District with a population of 34,500 and 15,241 ratepayers and covering an area of 6183 square kilometres.

The total operating expenses of Ashburton District Council per household was $5928, ranking it 20th out of 66 councils.

Debt liabilities per household in Ashburton in the 2017/18 period was $3847, compared to $25,402 in Christchurch City.

Some 38 of Ashburton council's staff of 308 earned more than $100,000, with the chief executive taking home a salary of $315,000.