Council proposes lower tariffs
Councillors have sought the amendment of the proposed electricity tariff to 7.17%, down from 7.37% arguing that City of Johannesburg’ s residents will be burdened by the increment.
The City of Johannesburg’s Council has requested for amendments to be made to the budget for the 2018/19 financial year, citing that the proposed rate increases will have a negative impact on the lives of the residents of Johannesburg - which the multi-party coalition government has agreed to.
“The Diphetogo, at its core, means real transformation change, and prioritises investment in the service delivery backlogs that plague our communities. Using our budget, we will work harder to improve access to quality water, electricity, sanitation and refuse services in our city. This is indeed the change we are bringing to our communities,” Mashaba said.
According to reports, The EFF was unhappy with water and electricity increases, saying the DA-led administration should consider the poor when making such increases.
“Consideration must be taken into account because the tariffs, as proposed by the executive, are too high and they must be reduced,” EFF chief whip Musa Novela said. Finance MMC, Cllr Funzela Ngobeni acknowledged some of the criticism from the opposition, in particular the city’s lack of adequately consulting members of the public on the proposed tariff hikes. He said they will do so in the future.
Council has thus sought to ammend the budget-
ed electricity tariff to 7.17%, down from the poposed 7.37%. The proposed average tariff increase on water, sewerage and sanitation is to be reduced by 1% down to 13.2%.
“These amendments were provided to Council at the last minute and we hope that their acceptance will bring Council closer to finalising the
budget and allowing government to focus on bringing much needed service delivery to residents,” said City of Johannesburg Mayor, Cllr herman Mashaba.
Steps to provide relief to residents, particularly those within poorest communities in Johannesburg have been taken, says the Mayor. “Within the
proposed budgets, we have increased the residential rates rebate from R200 000 to R350 000. This will have the effect of reducing the impact of 5 years’ worth of property value increases and ensured that 191 000 households, on the lowest end of the property market, will be rates exempt,” explained Mashaba.
City of Joburg Mayor Cllr Herman Mashaba has said the City is willing to make adjustments for the benefit of Joburg’s residents