Ian Iversen, councillor for ward 59, encourages all who qualify for rates rebates to attend an information meeting on Friday 27 September. “Times are tough so I am appealing to property owners who qualify for a rates rebates to make use of this opportunity to reduce their municipal account,” he says.To qualify for a rates rebate, property owners must be 60 years and older and live in the property. The household income must be less than R17 500 per month.The rates rebate is applied on a sliding scale, depending on your income. If a person’s income is under R4 500 per month, the rebate is 100%. For people with an income of R9 001 to R10 500, the rebate is 70%. Those who fall in the R16 501 to R17 500 category get a 10% rebate.If a person receives dividends twice a year, then the dividend needs to be recalculated to a monthly amount.The rebate will be backdated to 1 July, for those claiming the benefit for the first time (in September). Iversen would like to emphasise that a rates rebate is not linked to the valuation of the house.“Disabled people under the age of 60 may also qualify for a rates rebate on condition that the necessary medical certificates are provided,” he says.The meeting will take place at 09:30 at Iversen’s ward office located on the corner of Main and Kenilworth roads, Kenilworth.There will be time for questions after the presentation. Tea, coffee and snacks will be served.V For more information, call Iversen on 021 444 8117, 083 629 7051 or email Ian.Iversen@capetown.gov.za..