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City provides temporary respite for property owners on new rates tariffs

by City of Cape Town
02 Aug 2007
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

The City is aware that, in certain circumstances, the recent re-valuation of properties has resulted in property owners receiving rates accounts that are higher than those previously received.



It should be noted that the general valuation, which has been implemented throughout the city, was based on the market values of properties and it is an established fact that, in certain areas of the city, market values have escalated considerably more than in other areas.

In cases where the increase in rates has caused financial hardship to property owners because of their financial constraints the City will endeavour to assist them as follows:
  • where an objection to the valuation has been lodged and the owner is experiencing difficulty in paying the increased rates amount prior to the objection being resolved, the City will assist by allowing the payment of a lower rates amount (depending the outcome of a financial assessment) until the objection is resolved.
  • where no objection to the valuation has been lodged and the owner is experiencing difficulty in paying the increased rates amount, the City encourages such owners to visit any of City Finances' contact centres (as shown on the list below) in order to obtain assistance by way of an informal arrangement until the end of the current financial year i.e. 30 June 2008.
Property owners who are experiencing hardship and who wish to make use of the above assistance offered by the City are encouraged to visit the contact centres and to bring with them the following documentation:
  • proof of total household income i.e. pay slips of all who reside on the property as well as proof of rental income;
  • if there are no pay slips, affidavits to this effect must be provided;
  • copies of identity documents (certified);
  • bank statements from the last three months.
These are temporary arrangements to allow property owners time to make the necessary financial adjustments resulting from the increased valuations.

Attached is a list of contact centres where arrangements can be made:
LocationNamePhoneNumber
Cape Town CivicErnest Plaatjies0214003522
PlumsteadJohn Powell
Fezeka Ernest Plaatjies
0217108000
0214003522
Bellville CivicDeon van Zyl0219182203
Milnerton Pienaar RoadFreddie Carstens0215502621
Brackenfell CivicSunelle Paxton0219801361
StrandSam Kannemeyer0218504230
Khayelitsha - Stocks and Stocks BuildingShaheed Christiaans0213601146
Durbanville Civic Agnes van Eck0219703085
In the case where you cannot get hold of one of the above senior staff you can phone Monica Kibido on 021 400 3695 or Jan van Rooyen on 021 900 1598.

END

Extract from:
MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 278/2007
31 JULY 2007


ISSUED BY:
DIRECTORATE: COMMUNICATION
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 2201

MEDIA QUERIES:
TREVOR BLAKE
MANAGER: DEBT MANAGEMENT
PHONE: 021 400 3575
CELL 084 433 5727


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