2011-08-18 00:00

UMNGENI residents are not giving up on their battle to get their latest rates increase lowered.

This is despite a meeting on the weekend in which Finance MEC Ina Cronje and senior Co-operative Governance officials told them the valuation roll will not be suspended or audited.

However, residents at the meeting said the flawed valuation roll is just one aspect of their dispute; the other aspect being overlooked is the high rates randage.

Rob Coulson of the Howick Concerned Ratepayers’ group said that with the high rates randage in the municipality residents face increases of over 40%.

Organisations affiliated with the Umngeni Ratepayers’ Forum are to meet this weekend to plot a way forward. Chairperson Mano Naidoo said they are talking with the council and provincial government departments.

Naidoo has not given up on resolving the valuation roll situation, which he says is inconsistent and deeply flawed according to research done by the forum.

He said the forum will meet the uMngeni Council and members of the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs on August 23.

Democratic Alliance councillor Tim Lindsay-White, who has been involved in the rates debate, said that at no stage has the municipality shown ratepayers how it arrived at the rates randage.

He said the rates base has doubled since last year and the randage has remained the same.

“The trouble is that there is a small ratepaying base and a rates randage at 1,22 [cents] is unsustainable. Ratepayers realise that they have to keep up the rates battle. If they do not rates are going to be unaffordable for most of them in the next year or two.”

Lindsay-White said this is why it is also important to look at the valuation roll.

He said that at a glance it is clear there is under-valuation of between R10 million and R20 million. “If the municipality sorts out the undervaluation of at least R10 million, and this can be done in the next three weeks, it will be getting an additional 10% to its rates revenue.”

This additional revenue could then allow it to pass on some savings to the ratepayer, said Lindsay-White, and the municipality could then lower the rates randage to one cent in the rand instead of the current 1,22 cents.

Lindsay-White said this would not affect the rates income already factored into the municipality’s budget.

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