OUTA urges City of Joburg to delay property rate increases pending objections

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The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has called on the City of Johannesburg to hold off on property rate increases until all lodged objections can be resolved.

Finance MMC, Dada Morero, recently announced a 2% increase in property rates as part of the City’s new budget. However, OUTA has raised concerns over the City’s turnaround time in addressing objections before the new rates apply.

OUTA’s CEO, Wayne Duvenage says, “If your property goes up by value, according to the JHB City by around 30-40%, that is the increase that is coming on your rates and taxes plus the 2% that they are adding on. If they go up excessively, your rates and taxes go up excessively. Now, they haven’t come back to the people who have objected to the values that they have shown on their register. So, all we are saying is that the City should hold off on either the valuation increases or the 2% until this matter is resolved. They have not come back to the public to indicate what the value is, especially to those who have objected.”

In the tweet below, a detailed overview of all proposed increases for the City of Joburg: