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Objection against municipal budget 2019

June 10, 2019 deur Mareli Rall

Residents of Oudtshoorn took astonished notice of the high and unreasonable tariffs on the concept budget that was presented to the public on Monday 3 June 2019.

There is a drastic increase in indigent households (that receive free electricity and water) and it is unfair that the rest of the town must pay for this. Should the municipality wish to support these households the funds must be sourced elsewhere, such as national government. In view of the state of the economy and the fact that Oudtshoorn is located in a semi-desert region with a drought that is affecting the community as a whole, it is unacceptable that the property tax is so much higher than in towns such as Knysna, George and Mossel Bay, where noticeably higher incomes are earned and more opportunities are provided. These unreasonable tariffs hold drastic consequences for many businesses in the town, but also for households and pensioners (of which there are many) that fall just outside the indigence benefit.

Property valuation comparison: (Rand value per year)

Valuation Oudtshoorn Prince Albert Knysna George Mossel Bay
Rate→ 0.011384 0.0036 0.0072969 0.006773 0.004451
1.500.000 17 076 5 400 10 945 10 160 6 677
1.000.000 11 384 3 600 7 297 6 773 4 451
500.000 5 692 1 800 3 648 3 387 2 226


Should you wish to support this objection, add your name to the AfriForum complaint that will be submitted to the minister: