The Otago Regional Council (ORC) levies and collects its own regional rates.
Before July 2003, the ORC collected rates through QLDC. This made it extremely difficult for ratepayers to understand what they were actually getting for their regional rates. Since July 2003, all ratepayers in the Otago region receive a separate rates invoice from ORC, and information on how the regional rates are spent.
What do the ORC rates pay for?
The rates paid to ORC go towards funding their activities.
This includes water resources and quality, air quality, climate monitoring, animal and pest plant control, hazard and emergency management, biodiversity, resource consents and compliance, land sustainability, transport planning and coastal and harbour management.
Regional rates cannot be paid at Queenstown Lakes District Council offices.
Phone the ORC call centre on 0800 474 082 or contact them online using the link below: