Types of rates
We have two types of rates - general rates and targeted rates.
General rates are paid by all ratepayers in the region. The general rate funds activities that are not funded through targeted rates. General rate activities include:
Targeted rates are paid by specific groups of ratepayers that directly benefit from certain activities. Some of these include:
See the Revenue and Financing Policy for more details about how our work is funded.
We collect and treat all the drinking water that Wellington, Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua city councils supply to consumers. Our water supply costs are not funded from regional rates; they are billed to those councils directly through a water levy. Each council's share of annual costs is estimated from their city's actual water use during that year. At the end of the year there will be an adjustment for actual use by each city. For more information on water supply see Wellington Water.