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Kaikōura MP Stuart Smith is encouraging all Kaikōura ratepayers to have their say on a proposal for the district council to postpone updating rating valuations on earthquake-damaged properties.

 

The proposal, by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), which was lodged under emergency legislation passed in December last year, would see rating valuations for damaged properties stay the same as before the earthquake.

 

“Cabinet approved the Kaikōura Rating Valuation Order in Council cabinet paper this week,” Mr Smith says.

 

“This is good news for Kaikōura because the proposal is designed to support both the community and the council during the ongoing earthquake recovery.”

 

“I would encourage people to give feedback on the proposal now, as it affects all Kaikōura properties.

“It’s important to note that the council’s rates remission policy, which provides rates relief for those with damaged buildings that cannot be occupied, will not be affected and council can still provide this relief.”

 

“Council will also still be able to make alterations to reflect other changes, such as building work that increases a property’s value, and this proposal does not affect your rates bill.”

 

The Order will be in place until either the next general revaluation takes place in late 2018, or if that is not possible, until 30 June 2019.

 

Public feedback closes on June 6 and if the proposal goes ahead, it will be in place prior to the next rating valuation update on June 30.

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