I live in a house, but have to pay high rates for a stand

The Star Early Edition - - METRO WATCH -

WJ SEDLMEIER WRITES: We have owned and lived in our Craighall Park home since March 1978. Dur­ing the last year’s reval­u­a­tion by the City of Joburg, we were cat­e­gorised as a “va­cant stand”. In con­se­quence,we have been charged va­cant stand rates, which are more ex­pen­sive than res­i­den­tial rates.

When I queried this with the rates ac­counts sec­tion in Sand­ton, I was told that they could do noth­ing un­til the plan­ning depart­ment rec­ti­fied the mat­ter. I went to the plan­ning/val­u­a­tion depart­ment in Braam­fontein on Oc­to­ber 28 last year and re­ported this.

To date I have had no joy in ob­tain­ing the re­cat­e­gori­sa­tion.

I have been to the of­fices many times only to be told that ei­ther the com­puter sys­tem is down or a new ad­min­is­tra­tion sys­tem is be­ing im­ple­mented and that I should try again in three to four weeks.

I was to con­tact the rates ac­counts sec­tion, who would be in­formed in due course.

Ef­fec­tively, it means that a year later, I am no fur­ther in my en­deav­ours. SEDLMEIER WRITES AGAIN: I would like to in­form you that the mat­ter has fi­nally been re­solved.

A hearty thank you to you.

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