Data collectors to visit properties

2017-05-25 06:02
Bernardt de Klerk.

Bernardt de Klerk.

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TWO employees of the official municipal valuers will be collecting data in Kouga towns from May 24 to mid-June 2017.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen says the data collection would lay the groundwork for the compilation of the new General Valuation Roll for the period 2018 to 2023.

“The data collectors will be taking photographs of properties and might also have to enter some houses,” she says. “We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, how-ever, these preparations are important if we are to compile a credible valuation roll.”

She says DDP Valuers had been awarded the tender to compile the new roll. The data collectors are Tjaart Venter and Bernardt de Klerk.

“They will be wearing identity tags in the interest of security. However, if someone comes knocking on your door and you are not certain if it really is them, we ask that you call our Valuations Department at 042 200 8543 or 042 200 2157 so as to verify their identities before allowing them access to your premises.”

She says the draft valuation roll would be tabled to Council before the end of January 2018. Property owners will then be informed of the new valuation of their property and will have the opportunity to object should they believe the valuation is incorrect.

“These new valuations will determine how much property owners pay for rates from July 2018. Properties will be valued according to their market value as at 1 July 2017,” says Van Lingen.

A series of public meetings will be held in June to introduce the valuers and valuation process to property owners.

The public meetings will start at 18:30 and have been scheduled as follow:

  • On Monday, 12 June, the first meeting will be held at the Newton Hall in Jeffreys Bay.
  • The second meeting will be held at the Katrien Felix Hall at Thornhill on Tuesday, 13 June.
  • On Wednesday, 14 June, a meeting will be held at the Humansdorp Country Club.
  • The fourth and final meeting will take place on Thursday, 15 June, at the Sea Vista Community Hall.

Further information about the valuation process is available from the municipality’s Valuations Department. Contact Marinda van der Merwe on 042 200 2157 or valuations@kouga.gov.za; Regardt van Vuuren on 042 200 2157 or valuations2@kouga.gov.za or Wendy Jonkers on 042 200 8543 or valuations3@kouga.gov.za

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