Residents step up valuation roll protest

2009-03-04 00:00

Disgruntled residents are stepping up their action to protest against Msunduzi Municipality’s latest valuation roll.

Tomorrow, a group from the original Northern Areas Rates Forum, calling themselves the Msunduzi Rates Forum, will be holding a rates mass objection meeting at the Aryan Hall in Khan Road starting at 7 pm.

Meanwhile, ward councillors in the northern suburbs, after receiving a string of complaints, have undertaken to assist residents with their objections.

Residents will be able to visit their offices on Saturday, March 7 from 10 am to 4 pm, to view the latest valuation of their homes.

If needed, they can receive assistance with filling in objection forms. The same service will be offered on March 14 and 15 from 10 am to 4 pm

ANC provincial executive committee member Yusuf Bhamjee said that he has been engaging with Msunduzi Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo and, as a result, a research team will look at various aspects of the new roll. They are due to meet today at 2 pm with the municipality’s head of estates and valuations, Blackie Zwart.

The Witness has continued to receive calls from the public, some of whom have found properties in the city that are not listed on the roll. A common complaint is that properties over valued in the previous roll, and to which objections were lodged, show a mark up on the over-valued amount.

One resident’s property was valued at R1,5 million on the first roll. An objection was submitted, which was ignored and now there is an increase to R1,7 million.

Another resident is furious because his property was valued at R1,2 million on the first roll and he did not object. Now it has gone up to R1,53 million. His neighbour’s property is valued at R800 000, despite the fact that this is a bigger house on double the land, with a pool. He asks: “Does this make sense to anyone?”

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