Start re­bate sys­tem for the el­derly

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Irene de Villers

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

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