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The City wants property owners to comment on its draft rates policy. Submissions can be made until 2 May. There will also be public meetings.
PROPERTY owners in Joburg can comment on the City’s draft rates policy and amendments to the policy for the financial year 2011/12, which are now available for public scrutiny.

Comments can be submitted until 2 May. The City’s rates policy guides it in all aspects of levying rates on property owners. It has been reviewing the policy since 2008 to reflect policy changes proposed by the public and the council.

The director of the City’s rates department, Sihle More, said: “This is a very important process and we especially urge property owners to make their input so that the final approved rates policy is one that has been thoroughly consulted.”

The draft rates policy and the proposed amendments to the rates policy are available online.

Public consultation meetings on the draft rates policy will be held in all seven regions, from 11 to20 April.

“The whole idea of consultation processes is to engage the public and to give them a platform to give their view on the policy. Included in the draft policy are proposed rates on the purchasing of vacant land,” explained the City spokesperson, Virgil James.

James said: “The draft policy also helps property owners to make wise business decisions.”

The rates will also affect those who rent property, as their monthly rent money will also be determined by the outcomes of interest rates.

When making a submission, include your full name, physical address and company name.

All recommendations and proposals will be handed to the mayoral committee for consideration. Comments can be emailed to, or dropped off at the City’s offices on Jorissen Street, in Braamfontein, or faxed to 011 727 0189.

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