Special Rates Area for Central?

2016-11-30 06:00
Die afgebakende gebied vir Sentraal se spesiale heffingsgebied (SRA) lê binne die geel lyn.

Die afgebakende gebied vir Sentraal se spesiale heffingsgebied (SRA) lê binne die geel lyn.

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CENTRAL could become Nelson Mandela Bay metro’s second special levies area (SRA) after overwhelming support from residents.

Richmond Hill is the first local SRA.

An SRA is a geographic area within the jurisdiction of a Municipality, determined or to be determined by the Municipality Council in terms of Section 22 of the Municipal Rates Act 6 of 2004 as an area within which an additional rates amount shall be levied by the Municipality and paid over to a community-owned company for its sole use in improving aspects of service delivery within that geographic area.

The designated area for the Central SRA consists of 4,131 properties that are all part of Ward 5 in the metro.

Sandile Rwexwana, ward councillor, welcomed the proposed SRA.

“As a resident of Richmond Hill, I saw the benefits of an SRA. I support the establishment of the Central SRA and welcome the benefits for property owners and tenants in this vibrant and historical area of Port Elizabeth.”

Rwexwana said the SRA is not politically motivated and empowers residents to decide on improvements or additional services in their area.

Also Athol Trollip, Executive Mayor, has pledged his support to the SRA establishment.

“The Richmond Hill SRA is a huge success and has disposed of serious crime and filth. The renewal of this city has led to improved hygiene, huge increase in property value and the establishment of a popular restaurant area.

“For only a small increase in rates, the residents of Richmond Hill tremendously benefited,” said Trollip.

According to Kenrick Brown, interim SRA committee, the lessons to be learned from the establishment of the Richmond Hill SRA are to the benefit of the Central SRA.

“This, together with an independent budget, will allow for a proactive and aggressive approach to improving safety, cleanliness and maintenance in the central region,” said Brown.

*A public meeting will be held tomorrow (Thursday, December 1) at the MBDA office in the Old Tramways building at 5:30pm. More information is available at www.centralsra.co.za.

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