Fi­re victims rip­ped off, says re­si­dent

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Nuus | News - Ya­seen Gaf­far

A Sed­ge­field re­si­dent, who is al­so a victim of the Ju­ne fi­res, be­lie­ves the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty is “rip­ping off” re­si­dents and char­ging all sorts of le­vies and fees – despi­te being told last y­e­ar by that fi­re victims would be ex­emp­ted from paying ra­tes and taxes for a pe­ri­od of 12 mont­hs.

“Af­ter my hou­se burnt do­wn I boug­ht in Sedg­field,” says Ian F­le­ming. “I nee­ded to up­gra­de my pre­paid me­ter from 30 to 60 AMP; the ex­is­ting bre­a­ker was 60 AMP. Your e­lec­tri­ci­an ar­ri­ved and pun­ched in a new co­de, from en­te­ring the front ga­te to le­a­ving took four mi­nu­tes, the dri­ve to my hou­se was fi­ve mi­nu­tes each way, the cost for t­his was R713 plus VAT… I find t­his a to­tal rip-off.”

F­le­ming adds that fi­re victims we­re as­su­red by for­mer Knys­na de­pu­ty ma­yor Pe­ter My­ers at a feed­back meet­ing that they would not ha­ve to pay ra­tes and taxes for 12 mont­hs.

“We we­re paying R576.44 in­clu­ding re­fu­se and se­wera­ge; we are now being char­ged re­fu­se ba­sic R139.58, se­wera­ge ba­sic R239.33 and wa­ter ba­sic R238.74 at a to­tal of R617.65. I feel t­his is a re­al­ly bad mo­ve by the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty to rip us off.”

Re­spon­ding to the con­cerns rai­sed by F­le­ming as well as ot­her re­si­dents, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty sta­ted that w­hen re­si­dents mo­ve to a new re­si­den­ti­al a­rea, the ta­riffs are cor­rect as per coun­cil’s ap­pro­ved ta­riff for the fi­nan­ci­al y­e­ar.

“Coun­cil ackno­w­led­ges a need to as­sist fi­re victims and to that ex­tent re­sol­ved on a num­ber of acti­ons to al­le­vi­a­te the stress on the fi­re victims. T­he­se in­ter­ven­ti­ons in­clu­de wai­ver of buil­ding plan fees and con­necti­on fees. Coun­cil did, in fact, ap­pro­ve a ra­tes ho­li­day for a pe­ri­od of 12 mont­hs, which a­mounts to R16.5-mil­li­on from its own fun­ding and will not be re­co­ve­r­ed from pro­vin­ci­al or na­ti­o­nal go­vern­ment.”

The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty ad­ded that t­he­se in­ter­ven­ti­ons are spe­ci­fic to da­ma­ged pro­per­ties.

“W­he­re pro­per­ties re­main va­cant, coun­cil’s ta­riff kno­wn as a­vai­la­bi­li­ty char­ges, co­mes in­to ef­fect.”

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