BKCOB clarifies payment issue
Border-Kei Chamber of Business (BKCOB) administrator Adre Bartis says Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality has not had a proper billing system for farmers under its jurisdiction since the amalgamation of the three former municipalities.
The Rep reported (“Debt delays delivery” November 23) that Bartis said during a mayoral stakeholders’ meeting last week that there needed to be a proper billing system generally and money needed to be collected from farmers. Bartis said her statement had not been quoted correctly and made it seem as though farmers were not willing to pay for rates and services, which was not the case.
“The municipality should look at blanket property rates for farmers as this has not been resolved since the amalgamation. The farmers really want to pay, but they are unable to because the billing issues have not been resolved by the local authority.”
Regarding municipal property, Bartis said there needed to be proper evaluations done because there were portions of vacant land being valued as if there were properties on them.
“I want to know why land sales and issues like rezoning were not emphasised as a source of revenue.”