COCT BUDGET 2019

The City of Cape Town has asked for your input on the proposed tariff increases in the draft budget 2019/20. Please use the form below to add your name and comment.

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SUMMARY

PROPERTY VALUATION and RATES

The 2019/20 Budget tabled on 28 March 2019 has changes to the way property rates will be calculated in future.
There is an increase from the point where property rates start to be payable. It was increased from R200 000 to R300 000. The Rate in Rand was lowered from 0.007154 to 0.00555. It represents a 22% drop in the Rate in Rand rate.
The nett effect of these changes is that properties that had a property valuation (GV2018) increase of 30% will be paying the same rates as before. Lower than 30% property valuation will see a decrease in property rates. Those with a property valuation increase (GV2018) of more than 30% will progressively see an increase in their property rates bill.

Table of new Rate in Rand Rates:

WATER TARIFFS

The Water Levy (Pipe Levy) and structure to calculate it remained the same. However, the block structure for the way water is charged was changed.
The block structure was changed and Level 3 Water Restriction is Now Level 1  (In effect they renamed the Levels and Level 3 has now become Level 1).   The Water tariff will, therefore, increase from R12.85 for Level 1/Kl to new Level 1 which is R14,91 per Kl.      This represents a 16% increase. The City says the Water Tariff increase was 8.88%.
This change in the block structu
re is a stealth way to increase the Water Tariffs by 16% and calling it an 8.88% increase. 

ELECTRICITY

The Electricity Levy was increased from R150 to R163.32.  (8.88% increase).
Direct Eskom supplied customers still pay less than COCT supplied customers. (28% Cheaper)
Home User Tariff is applicable to the following consumers:
– Credit meters
-Prepayment meters installed at a property valued more than R1m

Domestic Full
-Prepayment meters for properties between R400 000 and R999 999

LIFE LINE
-Prepayment meter installed and a property value of less than R400 000

PENSIONERS

Pensioners received no further rebate than in the past in this Budget.
Pensioners earning less than R15 000 per month can apply for the same stepped rebate in their property rates as before.
Please suggest ways in which the City can assist Pensioners to cope with their municipal utility Bills.

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2019-04-25 22:11:26 +02:00
Moegamat
The tariffs increased considerably in the last 5 yrs. The people who suffers are not only the poor but the working class. The Local Government have wasted our money on urban parks that get vandalized. They waste money on roads works causing inconvenience daily. They cannot even curb taxi drivers from endangering all other road users lives. The DA has wasted our money.

There are other employees within the CoCT that need funds but they are seen as greedy because they stood up against an unfair CoCT.
We are hard working and always paying our Bills but they quick to bs you.
This too had increased considerably. What are they doing with our money. The DA waste it on crap
Pensioners should not be paying anything. They receive even less than what they wanna pay prisoners
2019-04-25 20:04:32 +02:00
Linda
We cannot afford these continuous above-inflation rate increases. The City has become masterminds at ways to extort money from it's citizens. They increase property values in a stagnant market and increase the percentage of rates way above the current inflation rate, making our properties and assets unaffordable.
As of July 2018, a fixed basic charge for water was already added to municipal invoice from the City of Cape Town. We suffered enough with the water restrictions and paid high levies when it was necessary, and penalised with surcharges when we do not use enough water to cover the City's costs. It's unjust and unfair and it feels like the City is trying to extort more and more money from it's citizens.
As of July 2018, a home user charge for electricity was already added to municipal invoice from the City of Cape Town. The continued increases are making electricity charges unaffordable. We have to endure load-shedding and fee increases from Eskom. It's unjust and unfair and it feels like the City is trying to extort more and more money from it's citizens.
Pensioners need help, not more tariff increases. They should be exempt, especially in light of pession increases not being able to keep on par with inflation rates and rising costs.
2019-04-25 19:00:05 +02:00
Lucia
20 Springfontein Road
We can no longer afford these increases
We can no longer afford these increases
Pensioners are the worst off and can't afford these increases as their pensions do not increase at the same rate as our inflation rate
2019-04-25 16:22:48 +02:00
Sheppard
I do not agree with this as it does NOT help with the elderly and those who can ONLY afford the current payments. Besides there is NO bettering change done to force the prices up.
Get rid of corruption in the office! You need sound and good governance with voters funding!
I do not agree with this as it does NOT help with the elderly and those who can ONLY afford the current payments. Besides there is NO bettering change done to force the prices up.
Get rid of corruption in the office! You need sound and good governance with voters funding!
I do not agree with this as it does NOT help with the elderly and those who can ONLY afford the current payments. Besides there is NO bettering change done to force the prices up.
Get rid of corruption in the office! You need sound and good governance with voters funding!
I do not agree with this as it does NOT help with the elderly and those who can ONLY afford the current payments. Besides there is NO bettering change done to force the prices up.
Get rid of corruption in the office! You need sound and good governance with voters funding!
2019-04-25 16:20:25 +02:00
Wendu
As a pensioner on fixed low income l am struggling to pay all my bills every month and ..put food on the table.
No matter where l try and save
l am going backwards.
During drought months l collected spring water.
Now use shower water to flush toilet and dish water to wzter plants.
But costs just keep on rising !
I think it is a cheek to put a charge on electricity supply.
As years ago l installed pre paid metre.
We should be given a lesser charge as we pay up front and we do not need a account !
Should be given more consideration .
Having worked all my lif a little support in old age would be appreciated.
2019-04-25 15:51:00 +02:00
Rona
Properties are being over-valued, and you can not recover the rates you've had to pay on your over-valued property.
Everyone that I know is reducing their consumption of water, so I think that people who exceed their water allowance should be penalised, and not those who are battling to keep afloat in these times.
It's disgusting that the COCT is charging an extra fee of R130.44 for a prepaid electrical bill that is only R350 a month. That's a surcharge of 37.27%.
As a pensioner I'm really struggling to keep my head above water. I'm buying less of everything, but there are certain costs that I have no control over. My area is being overrun by vagrants, and I'm afraid to walk to the shops, as I'm constantly accosted for money and food. I don't even venture outside my little flat after dark.
2019-04-25 15:27:17 +02:00
Benjamin
In my suburb of KENILWORTH the GV2018 valuations are ridiculously high and appear to be unrelated to property prices in my area nor to the fact that there has recently been a property price downturn.
Increases in water tariffs should be spread over a number of years.

The management of our electricity supply has been totally incompetent and corrupt.
Get the prosecutions underway and recover the stolen funds before asking the public to pay extra.





Pensioners should get bigger rebates on all services as we are permanently in debt and can hardly afford living expenses. I am 85 and worried about my dwindling capital.
2019-04-25 15:18:51 +02:00
Sello
In Gugulethu i don't see any change in property evaluation as compared to other areas of Western Cape. The rates are ubsurd.
Water readings are estimated all the time. Lets stop this bill.
These rates are absurd because electricity is very expensive. There was damage on eletric equipment which the CoCT doesnt want to pay.
Pensioners should be excluded in this bill.
2019-04-25 15:08:23 +02:00
Belinda
The valuations are pricing locals out of the property market. I understand that I am subsidising the poor, but why are these increases so large? Can I not pay for myself and two people, instead of myself and 10 people?
Also, these increases are leaving me with less disposable income to maintain my property, hence it is losing value. Will you be looking at the state of these properties when an evaluation is made next time increases are applied?
This increase is excessive ie. higher than the inflation rate on which my salary increased. I now have less disposable income, which is putting stress on me financially (I am the lower middle income earner).
Again, subsidising the poor and paying off debt caused by maladministration and corruption.
We must source alternative cleaner energy sources.
Pensions are losing value due to the state of the economy - pensioners need the rebate.
2019-04-25 14:19:11 +02:00
Katinka
My property rates has gone up unrealistically and are completly and utterly absurd. They have gone up by a million rand. No improvements have been made to the property in the past 15 years.
I am an old aged pensioner and cannot afford the increase.
Just be fair and make sure that we don't ever run out of water again
Why are we the public made to suffer for what was destroyed by a corrupt government. Give us a break, we pay our electricity bills. thousands apon thousands don't!
Be kind to pensioners

DOCUMENTS

Download the Draft Budget 2019/20
Download the budget presentation
Download the Public Meeting Schedule