This year, for the first time since Bay of Plenty Regional Council was formed in 1989, we will be collecting our own rates.
Until now, we’ve contracted this out to the region’s city and district councils to do this on our behalf.
But this year, in late August/early September, if you’re a ratepayer you’ll receive a separate invoice from us.
Do you want to spread the cost of your rates across the year?
You can now set up a direct debit so that you can pay your rates the secure and easy way!
Direct debit means you can pay your rates invoice in regular instalments (weekly, fortnightly, monthly or annually), spread over the rates year.
This is handy for budgeting and means you don’t have to worry about remembering to make a payment.
It also means that you won’t get charged a penalty on any amount that is still owing after
the due date for the current rates year.
Once you sign up, we’ll take the agreed regular payments from your bank account.
If the payment amount changes, we’ll always let you know before taking the funds from your account.
You can cancel the direct debit at any time by contacting us.
You will continue to receive a rates invoice from your city or district council for their rates – if you are already paying their rates by direct debit and wish to continue to, please do not cancel any existing direct debit arrangements you have with them.
Get organised and find out more about the changes at boprc.govt.nz/rates or call our rates team on BOP RATES (0800 267 728).