Rates ob­jec­tions out­cry

Res­i­dents fear rates will be in­creased while ob­jec­tions lodged in 2017 re­main un­re­solved

Sunday Tribune - - METRO -

RES­I­DENTS who lodged prop­erty val­u­a­tion ob­jec­tions with the ethek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity last year fear their rates could be in­creased again while their ob­jec­tions were still pend­ing.

They told the Sun­day Tri­bune that they had not been con­tacted by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity about their ob­jec­tions.

Un­re­solved ob­jec­tions could have se­ri­ous im­pli­ca­tions for many prop­erty own­ers who wanted to sell their homes or build­ings.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity eval­u­ates prop­er­ties ev­ery four years, to de­ter­mine the rates own­ers should pay each month.

Some prop­erty own­ers feared they could be sub­jected to an­other rates in­crease in July, even though their prop­er­ties were wrongly val­ued.

Dur­ban North res­i­dent Der­rick Stu­art said his prop­erty’s value was dou­bled de­spite not mak­ing any changes to it.

“I handed in my ob­jec­tion 14 months ago and have not re­ceived any in­for­ma­tion.

“We may have to pay more on rates if this prob­lem is not re­solved soon,” said Stu­art.

The city’s spokesper­son, Mandla Nsele said 9 927 ob­jec­tions were lodged.

Nsele said the dead­line for pro­cess­ing was ex­tended from June un­til Novem­ber due to the short­age of staff.

How­ever, by June only 52% of the ob­jec­tions lodged were pro­cessed.

He said the progress was ham­pered by a num­ber of com­pet­ing pri­or­i­ties within the depart­ment which meant the tar­get date had to be ad­justed.

This in­cluded cap­tur­ing and up­load­ing all ob­jec­tions on to the

SOME prop­erty own­ers who lodged ob­jec­tions on their prop­erty’s value more than a year ago are still wait­ing for the out­come. |

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