Coun­cil announces tar­iff rate in­creases for the year

Talk of the Town - - News - ROB KNOWLES

ALTHOUGH vir­tu­ally noth­ing was dis­cussed re­gard­ing the draft bud­get tabled at the lat­est Nd­lambe coun­cil meet­ing (the Tabled Bud­get), held at the coun­cil cham­bers last Thurs­day, the tar­iff in­creases were pre­sented and agreed by the coun­cil.

The fig­ures show an in­crease in rates of 6.4%, a 6.84% in­crease on elec­tric­ity tar­iffs as per the Na­tional En­ergy Reg­u­la­tor, South Africa (Nersa) guide­lines, 5.5% on refuse, 5.5% on san­i­ta­tion, 5.5% on sew­er­age, 5.5% on wa­ter tar­iffs and 5.5% on all other tar­iffs.

The bud­get is com­piled in sev­eral stages and this, the tabled bud­get, after pass­ing through coun­cil, acts as the dis­cus­sion doc­u­ment taken to the var­i­ous wards and con­stituen­cies for com­ment dur­ing the may­oral im­bo­zos.

The fi­nal bud­get for 2018-19 will then be passed by coun­cil and im­ple­mented.

Still, even given these in­creases the deficit to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is es­ti­mated as R101592 419.00 for op­er­a­tional ex­pen­di­ture. This in­cludes a pro­posed 8.5% in­crease in mu­nic­i­pal worker wages/salaries. Ne­go­ti­a­tions on wage rises are on­go­ing and have been fac­tored into the Tabled Bud­get.

The cap­i­tal bud­get has been re­duced to R6000000 and any fur­ther cap­i­tal equip­ment pur­chased would have to be done by way of grants.

Pic­ture: LOUISE KNOWLES

AL­TER EGO: ‘Cap­tain Nd­lambe’, Billy Fut­ter, strikes again, com­plet­ing the Royal St An­drews Ho­tel Amanzi Fes­ti­val Ma­rina Mile last Fri­day

LET’S DO THE CONGA:Dy­lan de Lange, from Kleinemonde, caught this large con­ger eel at the Fish River this hol­i­day sea­son

EV­ERY­ONE’S A WIN­NER: Gra­ham­stown pupils on hol­i­day, from left, Michael Stau­ridis, Jano Griesel, Thomas Stau­ridis and Danielle Griesel en­joy the prize-giv­ing where all run­ners in the Royal St An­drews Ho­tel Amanzi Fes­ti­val Trail Run won a prize

Pic­ture: LOUISE KNOWLES

ALSO SEEN: Sunny Hill and Char­lene Mid­dled­itch at the launch of the Amanzi Fes­ti­val

Pic­ture: LOUISE KNOWLES

SPORT DUDES: Dur­ban body­board­ers Te­gan Coulon­var and Liam Kavenga at the launch of the Amanzi Fes­ti­val at the Royal St An­drews Ho­tel last Fri­day night

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