Call for in­put into property rates law

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PROPERTY own­ers are be­ing in­vited by the City of Joburg to help shape the new 2017/18 property rates pol­icy by tak­ing part in the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings start­ing from Jan­uary 25.

City spokesman Kga­manyane Mapholo­gela says the rates pol­icy re­view should be driven by property own­ers so the city can take their in­puts into ac­count when draft­ing the fi­nal pol­icy.

Res­i­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to take an ac­tive part in the pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion meet­ings of the pol­icy re­view, he said.

“The process of the rates pol­icy re­view re­flects the city’s Ten Point Pri­or­ity of a re­spon­sive gov­ern­ment. Since 2008 when the city first im­ple­mented the rates pol­icy and rates by-laws, we have held an­nual meet­ings with res­i­dents,” says Mapholo­gela.

Some ex­am­ple of res­i­dents’

Rates pol­icy re­view should be driven by own­ers

in­put are the fact that the city re­duced the busi­ness property ra­tio from 3.5 to 2.6; and in­creas­ing the num­ber of res­i­den­tial property own­ers who have ben­e­fited in mas­sive re­bates in re­cent years.

“The city is al­ways mind­ful of the eco­nomic con­di­tions fac­ing its cus­tomers and as a re­sult, it takes a bal­anced ap­proach when draft­ing the rates pol­icy. We were guided by the Mu­nic­i­pal Property Rates Act when de­ter­min­ing the rates pol­icy. The act re­quires the coun­cil to an­nu­ally re­view and if nec­es­sary amend its rates pol­icy.”

Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to lead the changes they want to see in the rates pol­icy by tak­ing part in the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings in their ar­eas, he added. The list of venues of the meet­ings can be ob­tained from

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