RATEPAYERS in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro could soon be digging deeper into their pockets as proposed tariffs will increase, according to the proposed budget delivered in council last week.
However, in order to pass the proposed budget, a majority agreement of the council members will be needed. A council meeting to discuss the proposed budget will be held today.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, presented the proposed budget with the majority of funded projects aimed at supporting development in the poorest areas of the city.
According to the proposed budget, of the R1.8 billion apportioned in the Capital Budget, R835 million is allocated to poorer wards.
The proposed tariff for property rates tax could increase with 7.7%; water, sanitation and refuse with 7.5% each; and electricity with 13.04% (on average pending NERSA approval).
â€œTo take our city forward, it requires sacrifice from all of us. Unfortunately, increases must be effected to comply with national requirements and to enable us to implement our vision,â€? Bobani said.
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