The Town of Ekurhuleni has announced that there will be no increase in assessment rates for any property class in the 2022/23 financial year. However, residents will have to dig deeper into their pockets to keep their lights on and their taps open.
The city explained that the zero increase in property rates is intended to protect ratepayers from increases associated with the new assessment roll that came into effect in July of last year.
The metro, however, said that while the municipality understands the plight of residents, it has limited power to control increases in certain services such as water, sewerage and electricity which depend on the supply of water. wholesale services from external utilities, in this case, Rand Water and Eskom. .
The electricity tariff increased by 9.61%; and the water and sanitation tariff of 11%.
“The garbage collection rate will increase by 7.0%, the main cost driver being waste management services. Landfills are inherently transport and labor intensive operations and are susceptible to substantial and constant increases in the price of oils and lubricants, fuels, fleet repairs and maintenance and the costs labor.
“Although this service is under the control of the city, there are input costs that are beyond our control,” said metro spokesman Zweli Dlamini.
Miscellaneous price increases are capped at 4.8% in line with the consumer price index rate. Dlamini said the various tariff increases are somewhat lower than likely increases in consumer price inflation for the next 12 to 24 months.
“Despite tough economic times and tight finances, the city will continue to provide free basic services to support the poor in accordance with the national framework for municipalities.
“This relief will go to registered and deemed destitute households in the amount of R4.5 billion.”
The social package for indigent relief includes 100% discounts on assessment rates, free garbage removal, 50kwh of free electricity per month, 6kl of water and sewage per month, and l free burial for registered indigents, and special rates on emergency services such as ambulance and firefighting.
Dlamini added that additional support for cash-strapped taxpayers will be provided in the form of debt repayment incentives. This will include a 50% cancellation of debt beyond one year from the date of application approval, including tariffs, service charges, interest and other costs.
The balance of the account at the date the application is approved, excluding the current account and after the 50% write-off, will be placed in a consolidated arrangement account to be written off gradually over a period of three years.
However, this will be on the condition that all the provisions of the scheme are complied with during this period.
The program will be available to eligible applicants from July 1 to March 31, 2023.
“By understanding the plight of family members of deceased taxpayers when making payment arrangements on accounts related to deceased estates, the City has empowered citizens of Ekurhuleni who find themselves in this situation to make the necessary arrangements .
“This will require a copy of the deceased’s death certificate and an accompanying affidavit. Loyal paying customers who keep their accounts current for six months will receive a 2% cashback credit on their accounts in the 7th month. »
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