Statistics NZ has produced a tool to show how councils throughout the country spend money they collect in rates.
National accounts senior manager Gary Dunnet said yesterday it was a simple online tool: “Using this tool, you can see what councils spend the most on. For example, Wellington City Council allocated the biggest share of its rates income to wastewater.”
By using the tool’s filters, you can choose any council around the country and the graph shows where the rates go, by specific activity. Every time you select a different council, the graph dynamically changes to your choice: “For example, the biggest share of Auckland Council’s rates money goes into roading, while in Christchurch the biggest spending group is wastewater.
“Using data from local authority financial statistics published by Stats NZ each year, New Zealanders can now see clearly how the rates they pay are being used by local authorities to finance services for their community.”
Access the tool here: Where do your rates go?
Use Infoshare to view & download time-series data for local authority financial statistics income & expenditure by activity. Select subject category ‘Government finance’ & group ‘Local authority financial statistics – LAF’.
Some councils recorded total general rates data under council support services activity. For more information: Where do your rates go? – data quality.
Local authority financial statistics: Year ended June 2018
Attribution: Statistics NZ release.