Not the whole rates story

The Herald (South Africa) - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

THE com­par­i­son of rates payable in var­i­ous met­ros for cer­tain house val­u­a­tions is en­light­en­ing but doesn’t tell us the whole story.

We un­der­stand – or most of us do – the ra­tio­nale be­hind the fig­ures and the chal­lenge to col­lect suf­fi­cient in­come from the lim­ited num­ber of full ratepay­ing house­holds.

How­ever, I should like to see a com­par­i­son be­tween the met­ros of other in­come sources and cer­tain cost items ex­pressed per 100 000 pop­u­la­tion served.

How does NMBM com­pare in, say, in­come de­rived from tourism, traf­fic fines, elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion, wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion etc?

Are we spend­ing more per 100 000 pop­u­la­tion on some items than other met­ros?

What mea­sur­able port­fo­lio ser­vice de­liv­ery in­di­ca­tors does the metro use?

How do th­ese in­di­ca­tors com­pare with other met­ros?

Does the NMBM have a ser­vice de­liv­ery char­ter which de­fines th­ese in­di­ca­tors and the tar­gets to be achieved?

Tony Wadsworth, Port El­iz­a­beth

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