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.

If you object or support the budget, please give a reason why. Should you be at a loss for words, read the summary, live input or documents below the form. Feel free to copy and paste into the message area provided. If you don’t take any action, your inaction will be regarded as tacit agreement.  Closing date is 24 April 2019

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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2019-07-16 18:15:53 +02:00
noel
pensioners should not pay any property rates as we have spent our entire lives paying our property rates . OUR PENSIONS DO NOT INCREASE EVERY YEAR ( LIKE THE CITIES REVENUE
DOES)
a 50 % reduction for pensioners
we have Eskom
THE CITY is attempting to still make us subsidize non rate payers
2019-06-27 17:01:27 +02:00
Craig
As a pensioner I am of the opinion that the City should take into account that we do not get annual increases to our pensions as the employed do and that the contributions that we have made over the years should be taken into account and possibly raise the monthly earnings of a pensioner to qualify for a rebate from the set R 15 000.00 to R 20 000.00 . If things continue as they currently are then the City is forcing us to sell our properties and even move out of the areas we have grown to love and find cheaper property and rates elsewhere.
Since the implementation of restrictions we have made every effort to reduce our water usage through no fault of our own at high cost to ourselves, brought about by poor insight from the City and National Government in failing in their and I for one have always believed that the City is a non profit organization and yet they implement levies and unacceptable tariff increases. We capture rain and waste water from our washing machines, showers, etc. to use to flush toilets thus reducing tremendously the amount of municipal water that is wasted and what do we get for all our efforts only higher rates and levies.
Through corruption and mismanagement we are penalized and once again rates increases and levies are implemented. Pensioners should receive a rebate on all services rendered
Over the years we as pensioners have remained loyal to our City and made substantial contributions and it is time that we get recognized for this and receive something in return from the "City that works for you" should do.
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DOCUMENTS

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