budget increases

The municipality of eThekwini has asked for your input on the proposed tariff increases in the draft budget. Please use the form below to add your name and comment.

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SUMMARY

WATER The proposed water tariff increase is 15% for domestic and 15.5% for business.

SANITATION The proposed sanitation tariff increase is 9.9%.

ELECTRICITY The proposed electricity municipal tariff increase is 6.84% over and above Eskom’s upcoming 30% increase.

RATES The proposed rates increase (average) is 6,9% which is substantially above the current annual inflation rate of around 4.4%

REFUSE The proposed refuse tariff increase is 9,9% and is also above the current annual inflation rate of around 4.4%.

LIVE FEED OF COMMENTS SENT

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2019-10-19 17:53:23 +02:00
Peter
It is not acceptable that the fire service be expected to continue to provide a fully functioning service running fire engines with only 2 crew members in the back (some stations have only a driver & an officer). I am an ex-firefighter and we used to have a crew of FIVE in the back & a driver & an officer . Just to erect an extension ladder requires 4 firefighters. Times may have changed but the risks, frequency of calls and the size of the population served have increased greatly.
2019-09-14 09:24:33 +02:00
Raviesh
The increases are way to high with current economic crisis were people can barely afford a decent meal how are they going to afford the increase in tariffs ,of course we need to pay for basic services from Ethekweni but the increases should be kept on market levels not above the market level were people don't even earn that much , clearly a case of ANC failing South Africa
2019-09-06 10:08:49 +02:00
Ivan
This is something EVERY SINGLE USER should pay, every single one. You use it, you beniifit you pay. Everyone user will then look after the infrastructure, and every use will feel the same pain. Nobody should subsidize non payers, the Government through our taxes should look after those unfortunate individuals, not a function of Municipality, this allows for many millions of Rands to be pilfered from the system.
2019-08-19 19:22:58 +02:00
Derrick
Basic services are necessary and since we pay high taxes, we should be subsidised for these services and everyone should be compelled to pay for these services, not only a select few people or group that have home bonds and pay taxes
2019-08-16 09:37:29 +02:00
Kyle
Unless there is a council approved plan to stem the source of increases in corruption, mismanagement and bloating, there should be no increases above the inflation rate. These plans should include a proposal to return charges to lower levels. There is currently no impetus to address underlying issues which will lead to further increases. So, increases will just make institutional looting more attractive.
2019-08-15 14:10:18 +02:00
Roxanne
These increases are way to high, had the services been of good quality, efficient and there be a good reason for increases (and not becasue our country has no money because people in power are stealing it) then I'd possibly be ok with increases. BUT this is not the case and so this will hurt people all income brackets and our country.
2019-08-12 08:18:46 +02:00
Jeannie
Services have diminished & failed the prices have skyrocketed & the money is being drained away by corruption & misuse
2019-08-10 09:47:23 +02:00
Diane
No maintenance to existing infrastructure causing breakdown In supply. Costs soring. Inability to have discussions with any unusual need eg. Removal of branches weighing down power supply lines.
2019-08-09 08:04:25 +02:00
Beverley
Theses services can be improved on. Why does this service shoe excellence in areas like umhlanga and is substandard in areas like Westville and Chesterville
2019-08-09 07:07:21 +02:00
Dean
We should not be paying higher rates to compensate from all the corruption and stealing that is happening. People found guilty are still been paid a salary for doing nothing. What is the government doing. They are dragging a beautiful country down to the ground with all this corruption. Take out all the crooked politicians. Pensioners and people are barely making ends meet. You have the city manager who wants a R700000 increase yearly. What good does he do to warrant a salary of R4.2 million per year. Government needs to put their house in order. Enough is enough. The people of this country should not have to pay for their mistakes.

Fed up

POINTS TO NOTE

The 2018/19 financial year’s Medium Term budget, which was approved by Council, is a consolidated budget of R45.8 billion which has been developed with an overall planning framework and includes programmes and projects to achieve the City’s strategic objectives.

The tabled report states that despite increasingly challenging circumstances, service delivery will continue to be sustained through this budget by reprioritising expenditure to ensure that key objectives are achieved.

The operating budget, which funds the continued provision of services provided by the municipality, has increased from R37.2 billion in the 2017/18 financial year to R38.7 billion in the 2018/19 financial year, R41.7 billion in the 2019/20 financial year and R45.2 billion in the 2020/21 financial year respectively.

The growth of the operating budget is mainly due to repairs and maintenance of infrastructure, cost of addressing service delivery backlogs, cost of bulk purchases namely water and electricity, impact of capital spending on operating expenditure and employee related costs as a result of filling vacancies and provision for salary increases.

Capital expenditure is budgeted to rise to R7 billion in the 2018/19 financial year, and thereafter to R7.7 billion by 2020/21. R17.3 billion (approximately 79 percent) is allocated to meeting infrastructure and household service needs and backlogs over the medium term.

Child-headed households, disability grantees and the medically boarded are exempt from paying rates on the first R460 000 of their property value. Residential properties valued up to R230 000 will be exempt from paying rates. All other properties valued above R230 000, the first R120 000 of rates will be charged.

Regarding pensioners property value – the maximum limit of R4 million provided that for those properties above R2 million, the monthly income from a pensions fund/SASSA does not exceed R7 000 per annum.

eThekwini-tariffs

DOCUMENTS

Download the Draft Budget 2018/19

Download Notice 177