Start rebate system for the elderly
I HAVE a problem with the way municipal rebates are allowed on the value of property.
All property owners should receive rebates from the age of 65 years, increasing with age.
At the age of 70, you should only be paying a minimal amount.
If you are very wealthy, perhaps the rebate can fall away.
All middle-class people that have worked for years to pay and take care of their homes, should be eligible for the system.
They have paid municipal fees all along the way.
I am over 70, have paid the municipality for over 50 years, never missing to do so.
For that alone, me and others like me, should get rebates. This city is built on the money we have paid over the years.
But it is the opposite, charges keep increasing, at my age I cannot increase my income. So what is the alternative, sell up, move and create a lot of stress and unhappiness for yourself, at an age when you don’t know how to cope with it.
Apart from municipal charges, there should be many other instances where older people are entitled to rebates. Thinking of medical charges is one of them.
Any ideas on how we can bring this about, not voting for parties that don’t even mention old age, never mind rebates?
This might be the way forward. Parkhurst