Council set to reject half of valuation objections

2009-07-03 00:00

OF the 8 639 property valuation objections received by the Msunduzi Municipality, historic evidence suggests that about half of them will be rejected.

This was the statement given by municipal manager for real estate and valuations Blackie Zwart at yesterday’s Exco meeting.

Zwart told council that an estimated 500 objections are incomplete in that objectors have not signed or provided an alternative market value.

About 4 000 objections will be rejected on the basis that they are not based on the property value but on affordability issues.

The remaining 4 000 objections will be value-related and only 1 700 of them are likely to proceed to appeal, meaning that only 4 000 objections would be valid, said Zwart.

“This represents less than five percent of the number of property records in the GV roll and is acceptable in terms of comparison to eThekwini Municipality.”

Zwart said the contested value of the 8 639 objections is about R667 122 000 and this represents nine percent of the total municipal value objected against.

Zwart said the impact of value reductions will not affect the municipality’s expected rates income by more than 0,5%.

He said it is evident from the contents of the objections that most of the residents who are objecting have not done so on the objective basis of their property’s market value.

It is unlikely that the valuation appeals will be concluded in the 2009/2010 financial year as the provincial government is having trouble in attracting the skills and expertise needed for this to take place effectively, said Zwart.

ANC councillor Pops Chetty said the valuation roll has been steeped in controversy.

“I’m not ashamed to say that we messed it up and I’m opposed to council paying for these desk-job valuations,” he said.

Council has already forked out R24 100 473,66 for valuations.

It resolved not to pay the outstanding balance of R1 363 397 until a report is received giving an objective assessment on the accuracy of the valuation roll.



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