How did council approve blank rates?

2017-07-19 06:02

FOLLOWING on the high court interdict  preventing rates and tariff increases, etc. by the Umvoti Municipality and the subsequent reversal in favour of the municipality by another high court judge, the municipality needs to sort out some of the queries that ratepayers have picked up in the municipal advertisements.

At the time of going to press, Judge Coetzee had not issued the reasons to the applicant, P.G. Mavundla, as to why the interdict had been reversed. Also, Umvoti Mayor Thami Ngubane, who last week told the Greytown Gazette he would issue a statement on the matter for this week’s issue, has not done so.

S ome of the queries that need answers from the municipality

• An explanation of how, at the council meeting of May 31, ANC councillors (the IFP had walked out) approved a “zero rate” and “zero tariffs”, as they were presented with  and approved  a blank document, in other words, no amounts or percentages, just a blank.

• Has council taken a resolution to change the date with regard to the rate of interest on late payments? In a municipal advertisement in the Greytown Gazette of June 21, the final date for payment is the last working day of the month, but according to the advert of July 12, it is 12 days from the date of account. As more often than not ratepayers receive their statements late, this needs urgent clarification.

• In  addition, has council approved a resolution that the rate of interest, 1,5%, will be charged on an outstanding account, not just on outstanding rates?

Considerable confusion has been caused by the conflicting figures shown for electricity increases. Also, has this been approved by Nersa?

• The  explanation for the most expensive orange rubbish bags in KwaZulu-Natal, if not the whole country, still needs to be answered — see separate article in today’s issue.

The municipality needs to sort out some of the queries ratepayers have picked up in the municipal advertisements.

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