Tariff increases proposed for 2015/2016 financial year

2015-04-30 17:14

THE cost of municipal services is expected to increase by an average of between 6% and 12% in the new financial year, starting July 2015.

This is according to the draft municipal budget for 2015/2016, which was tabled to the Kouga Council on Tuesday, March 31.

In terms of the draft budget property rates will increase by 6% for businesses and 6% for residential properties.

A 6% increase is also on the cards for refuse removal and sanitation.

Electricity and water will see the biggest price increase, prompted by the rising cost of purchasing these services from Eskom and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro respectively as well as the increasing cost associa-ted with repairing and maintaining the required infrastructure.

A tariff increase of 12% will be implemented for water from July 1, 2015, while the consumer tariff for electricity will increase by an average of 12,2% to offset the additional bulk purchase cost of 14,24%, also from July 1 this year

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