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Friday Aug 31, 2018

Joburg to finalise valuation objections by February 2019

Metrowatch continues receiving complaints from readers about exorbitant bills despite either having logged an objection to the increased valuations or having applied for pensioner rebates.

But already, almost 8 000 objections of the 50 595 received have not been approved, and property owners will now have to backpay on their rates from July 1.

The City of Joburg says it is on target with the processing of objections, which should be finalised by February next year.

Earlier this year, the city unveiled its 2018 general valuation roll over a period of 45 days. During this period, all property owners and interested parties were invited to inspect and, where necessary, object to property details as contained in the new roll.

There was a huge outcry after some property owners received revaluation increases of up to 5 000%.

Said city spokesperson Kgamanyane Stan Maphologela: "The city's municipal valuer has started issuing outcomes of objections to property owners."

To date, the following municipal valuer's decisions have been issued so far:

According to member of the mayoral committee for finance Funzela Ngobeni, the city is well geared towards the deadline of February 2019 for finalising all objections.

"Outstanding objections are being considered to respond to all objectors and owners timeously."

All property owners who have received their Section 53 notices are requested to start making payments on that value. Where adjustments are required, these will reflect in the subsequent months.

The city, however, wishes to advise all objectors to attempt to pay the amount billed for rates and taxes according to the new valuation, should the objection not be successful. In the case where the objection is successful, the account will be adjusted and credited.

Ngobeni said the number of objections received determined how long the reviewing process lasted, considering a number of factors.

"Each and every objection is an intense one-on-one process. The municipal valuer has to review each objection in this process by making use of building plans, oblique imagery (a three-dimensional aerial photography system), actual site visits and evidence provided by the objector.

"The nature of the process is one that is lengthy, and we must thank Joburgers for their patience. We aim to finalise all outcome letters by the end of February 2019. As the objections outcomes letters roll out, property owners who are still unhappy about the results have recourse through the valuations appeal process," added Ngobeni.

Details of the appeal process will be sent to residents together with the outcome of the objection.

If property owners don't agree with the municipal valuer's decision rgarding the objection, they can lodge an appeal in the prescribed manner and time period as reflected on the municipal valuer's decision notice.

Appeals can also be lodged at the Metro Centre on the prescribed appeal form: 158 Civic Boulevard Second floor block Metro Centre Braamfontein. You can appeal only if an objection was lodged against the general valuation roll within the prescribed period.

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