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Wednesday Feb 07, 2018

Joburg property owners invited to rates policy meetings

Joburg property owners are reminded that they still have time to take part in public participation meetings and to give their input for the 2018/2019 property rates policy.

The City of Joburg, which is encouraging all owners to participate, said this was not a forum to help with billing problems or find out what the actual rate increases would be, and it would not deal with tariff increases such as water, electricity and other services.

The consultation meetings will focus largely on issues related to affordability and protection of vulnerable categories. The second phase of the rates consultations will finally culminate with the integrated development plans (IDP) process in March. The annual review of the rates policy is a legal requirement to ensure that the city complies with the Municipal Property Rates Act 6 of 2004.

City spokesperson Kgamanyane Maphologela said the city took into account these inputs when drafting the final policy.

"Public participation is critical in the formulation of policies and ratepayers are encouraged to take an active part in the public meetings of the policy review," he said.

The city first implemented this rates review policy on July 1, 2008, to guide the council in all aspects of the levying of rates on property owners. The policy defines and categorises all properties within the boundaries of Joburg, and allows the city to generate rates revenue by assigning a tariff to the property categories obtained in the general valuation roll.

"Since 2008, the city has held annual meetings across the regions. The consultations with residents ensure that the policy is sustainable and that the related rates tariffs remain equitable and affordable. The consultative process provides a clear opportunity for engagement and information to ratepayers about the city’s rating structure," he said.

The first phase of the public meetings started at the end of January and will continue city-wide until February 28.

Residents can also submit comments in writing to the Property Unit at 66 Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, or via e-mail to ratescomments-AT-;; tandisizwes@ or fax 0864477567.

Copies of the draft documents can be viewed on the city’s website at Hard copies are also available at all walk-in customer service centres.

Anna Cox
The Star

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