DEAR CAPE TOWN – HOW COCT 2018/19 BUDGET AFFECTS YOUR POCKET
The City of Cape Town tabled its proposed budget for 2018/19 on Wednesday and the City of Cape Town asks account holders to widely participate and COMMENT in the Public Participation Process (ppp) attached to it. This is YOUR chance to make a difference and have this budget adjusted. The closing date for comments is on 4 May 2018.
In the Mayor’s comments to the budget she is urging all representatives to conduct public meetings in order to explain the increases to us. DO NOT MISS THESE MEETINGS.
Our Website DEARCAPETOWN makes this processquick and easy for you to input your comments and have them sent DIRECTLY to the City of Cape Town’s email address for Public Participation (ppp).
Please go to the dearcapetown website and have your say.
Below is a summary of the major points in the Budget:
If approved, the asked for increase for water is 26.96%. Effective from 1 July 2018.
This budget adds to the already steep Level 6b increases from which we are only now receiving the bills. The current Level 6b increases represents a 500% plus increase in water tariffs. These new increases effective from 1 July 2018 will add a further 83% increase to your water bill.
If approved, the asked increase is 26.96%. This increase is instituted against the already unfair calculation of sewerage bills. In most cases the sewerage is calculated at 70% of water consumption. Water saving efforts reduced the amount of sewerage going to the municipality drastically as most water are reused as grey water in gardens. It is therefore difficult to believe thsy 70% of our water ends up in the sewerage system.
ELECTRICITY (This does NOT affect Eskom clients)
If approved, the asked for increase in electricity tariffs are 8.14%. This is almost 3% higher than the approved NERSA increases awarded in December last year. In addition to this, a flat levy of R150 per month will be added to accounts for properties worth more than R1 million. This represents a 150% increase electricity accounts. This is disguised by a small discount in the electricity tariff for Home Users. We are of the opinion that this discount may not remain in place over time.
If approved the Rates will increase by 7,2%. This is substantially above the current annual inflation rate of around 4.4%
If approved, the Refuse will increase by 5,7%. This is also above the current annual inflation rate of around 4.4%
Thank you for reading this post. With your help we have sent 61 002 comments to the City of Cape Town during the Public Participation Process in December for the Drought Charge. The Drought Charge was scrapped as a result.
Please SHARE this post on to everybody whom you think will be affected by these increases. We have found that not all people are aware of how this new budget of the City of Cape Town will affect them.
IT IS TIME FOR ACTION!