The Madibeng municipal manager is supposed to give feedback on a petition regarding faulty property rates for smallholdings and farms, said the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Madibeng.
We are waiting in anticipation for the municipal manager to keep his promise to give feedback on the faulty rates. Due to inexact codes and valuations from the property valuers that were appointed by council, property taxes escalated with up to a 1000% in some cases,” said the DA leader in Madibeng, Eddie Barlow.
“Owners of smallholdings and farms are taxed as if their properties are zoned for commercial purposes since July 2014. The DA is particularly concerned for the pensioners who have to make ends meet, while paying these outragous taxes.”
In some cases pensioners are paying almost R2 000 per month while receiving no services from Madibeng. In many of these cases these property owners receive their electricity supply from the Tshwane municipality.
“Warnings from the DA were initially ignored, but we took a petition to the streets. Nearly 800 residents signed the petition which was handed to the municipal manager. The petition clearly states that the Municipal Systems Act is ignored by the Madibeng management, as these smallholdings should be taxed as agricultural property instead. The Madibeng management agreed that the ‘problem’ should be fixed, but said the delay in correcting the problem is due to a system error.” Barlow said the DA hopes the municpal manager will keep his word for the sake of the taxpayers who are exploited and impoverished due to incompetence and a lack of compassion by the Madibeng council.