Greed for rates

2008-07-17 00:00

The Mpofana Municipality has gone overboard in its expectation of a massive increase in rates payments from commercial enterprises in Mooi River and Rosetta. This is shown by the declared likelihood of closure by a number of these enterprises in response to the municipality’s demands.

Resistance to such exorbitant increases is enhanced by a strong perception that the legally required consultation with the public, if it happens at all, is a mere formality because suggestions are not listened to. Moreover, service delivery is pitted with so much failure that ratepayers are left sceptical about the responsible usage of the taxes that they are required to pay.

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