Coun­cil pro­poses lower tar­iffs

Coun­cil­lors have sought the amend­ment of the pro­posed elec­tric­ity tar­iff to 7.17%, down from 7.37% ar­gu­ing that City of Jo­han­nes­burg’ s res­i­dents will be bur­dened by the in­cre­ment.

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Re­porter [email protected]­

The City of Jo­han­nes­burg’s Coun­cil has re­quested for amend­ments to be made to the bud­get for the 2018/19 fi­nan­cial year, cit­ing that the pro­posed rate in­creases will have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the lives of the res­i­dents of Jo­han­nes­burg - which the multi-party coali­tion gov­ern­ment has agreed to.

“The Diphetogo, at its core, means real trans­for­ma­tion change, and pri­ori­tises in­vest­ment in the ser­vice delivery back­logs that plague our com­mu­ni­ties. Us­ing our bud­get, we will work harder to im­prove ac­cess to qual­ity wa­ter, elec­tric­ity, san­i­ta­tion and refuse services in our city. This is in­deed the change we are bring­ing to our com­mu­ni­ties,” Mashaba said.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, The EFF was un­happy with wa­ter and elec­tric­ity in­creases, say­ing the DA-led ad­min­is­tra­tion should con­sider the poor when mak­ing such in­creases.

“Con­sid­er­a­tion must be taken into ac­count be­cause the tar­iffs, as pro­posed by the ex­ec­u­tive, are too high and they must be re­duced,” EFF chief whip Musa Novela said. Fi­nance MMC, Cllr Fun­zela Ngob­eni ac­knowl­edged some of the crit­i­cism from the op­po­si­tion, in par­tic­u­lar the city’s lack of ad­e­quately con­sult­ing mem­bers of the public on the pro­posed tar­iff hikes. He said they will do so in the fu­ture.

Coun­cil has thus sought to am­mend the bud­get-

ed elec­tric­ity tar­iff to 7.17%, down from the poposed 7.37%. The pro­posed aver­age tar­iff in­crease on wa­ter, sew­er­age and san­i­ta­tion is to be re­duced by 1% down to 13.2%.

“These amend­ments were pro­vided to Coun­cil at the last minute and we hope that their ac­cep­tance will bring Coun­cil closer to fi­nal­is­ing the

bud­get and al­low­ing gov­ern­ment to fo­cus on bring­ing much needed ser­vice delivery to res­i­dents,” said City of Jo­han­nes­burg Mayor, Cllr her­man Mashaba.

Steps to pro­vide re­lief to res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly those within poor­est com­mu­ni­ties in Jo­han­nes­burg have been taken, says the Mayor. “Within the

pro­posed bud­gets, we have in­creased the res­i­den­tial rates re­bate from R200 000 to R350 000. This will have the ef­fect of re­duc­ing the im­pact of 5 years’ worth of prop­erty value in­creases and en­sured that 191 000 house­holds, on the low­est end of the prop­erty mar­ket, will be rates ex­empt,” ex­plained Mashaba.

City of Joburg Mayor Cllr Her­man Mashaba has said the City is will­ing to make ad­just­ments for the ben­e­fit of Joburg’s res­i­dents

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