The law requires that the objector continue paying rates while his/her objections are being processed and finalised.

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On finalisation of the consideration of objections, if there is evidence that the market value reflected on the property valuation roll is wrong, the law requires the municipality to correct the situation, and where such correction results in rates refunds to the ratepayer, the municipality is obliged to refund the ratepayer. In a case where […]

Adopt rates policies

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Adopt by-laws to give effect to the adopted rates policies Gazette the property valuation rolls for public inspection outlining also the process of raising objections Outline to the public the appeal process regarding outcome of objections What must ratepayers do to effectively participate in the implementation of the Municipal Property Rates Act?  Chapter 4 of the […]

Does the Municipal Property Rates Act make provision for municipalities to grant exemptions, rebates and reductions?

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In terms of the Act municipalities may provide for exemptions, rebates, and reductions in their rates policies based on local conditions and circumstances. The cost of such locally determined exemptions, rebates, and reductions must be considered by the municipal council in relation to the benefit received by the local community from such relief measures. For […]

What is property rates revenue used for?

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Municipalities need a reliable source of revenue to provide basic services and perform their functions. Property rates are the most important source of general revenue for municipalities, especially in developed areas. Revenue from property rates is used to fund services that benefit the community as a whole as opposed to individual households. These include installing […]

How will the Municipal Property Rates Act affect property owners?

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The critical determinant of how much property owners will pay is the amount in the Rand each municipal council will determine for the various property categories. The Act does not change the total revenue needs of municipalities, nor does it set the Cent amount in the Rand. Each municipality will continue to set and collect […]