Prop­erty val­u­a­tions row

Pre­mier meets Joburg mayor who has started is­su­ing re­vi­sion no­tices to as­set own­ers

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THE city of Jo­han­nes­burg should work to­gether with the pro­vin­cial depart­ment of co­op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs (Cogta) to re­solve is­sues raised by res­i­dents re­lat­ing to their over­val­ued houses.

This is ac­cord­ing to Gaut­eng Pre­mier David Makhura who said Cogta was man­dated to over­see and mon­i­tor the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal Prop­erty Rates Acts.

This comes af­ter Makhura met with Jo­han­nes­burg mayor Her­man Mashaba over com­plaints re­lat­ing to the Gen­eral Val­u­a­tion Roll for 2018. To date the city has re­ceived 4 500 ob­jec­tions.

“I en­cour­age ratepay­ers to check the val­ues of their prop­er­ties in the city’s 2018 Gen­eral Val­u­a­tion Roll. If they are not satisfied with the value of their prop­er­ties they must use the ob­jec­tion pro­cesses to ob­ject,” Makhura said.

“Where there are dis­putes on the out­comes of the ob­jec­tion process, res­i­dents will have an op­por­tu­nity to ap­peal their val­u­a­tions through an in­de­pen­dent Val­u­a­tion Ap­peal Board that can be set up by the MEC of Cogta.”

Mashaba has al­ready started with the process of is­su­ing no­tices of re­vis­ing prop­erty val­u­a­tions to prop­erty own­ers. The city said it had iden­ti­fied 8 000 res­i­den­tial and busi­ness prop­erty own­ers who have had their prop­er­ties over­val­ued.

“The val­u­a­tions which have been iden­ti­fied as prob­lem­atic have ex­pe­ri­enced con­sid­er­able in­creases, most of which are more than 100%,” Mashaba said.

“The no­tices make pro­vi­sion for a 30-day pe­riod dur­ing which prop­erty own­ers can pro­vide rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion to be taken into fur­ther ac­count dur­ing the re­view process. These prop­er­ties will be placed on the Sup­ple­men­tary Val­u­a­tion Roll.”

The city said it must as­sume the bur­den to ad­dress the prob­lem­atic val­u­a­tions be­fore the im­ple­men­ta­tion date on July 1. This is dif­fer­ent from the con­ven­tional ob­jec­tions process, which places the bur­den on ac­count hold­ers to ob­ject to the val­u­a­tion and mo­ti­vate for its ad­just­ment.

On Mon­day the mayor vis­ited two prop­erty own­ers to give them their no­tices. Bron­son Joseph, who had one of his prop­er­ties in Bram­ley re­vised down from R43m to R7.4m, thanked the city for the speedy turn­around.


CO­OP­ER­ATE: Pre­mier Makhura says Cogta was man­dated to over­see the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Mu­nic­i­pal Prop­erty Rates Act.

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