Nominal increase for all would do the trick
I REFER to the letter from M Doubell of Cowies Hill, “The aged suffer in city’s rebate rip-off”, (Sunday Tribune, September 3).
The writer should not blame the Anc-run ethekwini Municipality for decreasing the threshold on properties from R3million to under R2m to qualify for a pensioner’s rebate. I believe our official opposition and watchdog in the council should be blamed for not agitating strongly on this matter.
The DA should have rejected or opposed this insidious move but failed to do so. The municipality chose to squeeze the 20% of ratepayers who sustain the city by raising property values and reducing the exemption level, severely prejudicing the majority of ratepayers who are in the middle-income group, many of whom are in the 60-plus age bracket living on a fixed income.
A better option, I believe, would have been to levy a nominal amount on every property owner irrespective of the value of the property, which would have helped contribute to the fiscus.
JAYRAJ BACHU Clare Estate