The City of Johannesburg is taking steps to ensure that property owners objecting to their property valuations in the 2018 general valuations roll (GVR) will receive further support from the city, says mayor Herman Mashaba.
This support would ensure that those who had objected to their property valuations would be allowed to continue paying what they had been paying historically until the objection process was finalised, he said.
The city would ensure no credit management processes would be initiated against objectors, conditioned upon continued payments of their previous rates payments to the city, along with their invoiced service charges. Their invoices would still reflect the rates charge on the new valuation because the law prescribed this.
The city had received 40 000 (4.4 percent) objections to the 2018 GVR, encompassed about 879 000 properties. This was less than half of the 89 000 objections lodged in the 2013 valuations, Mashaba said.
“I believe that this additional effort by the city to support those who feel they have received unfair valuations is an important further step implemented by the city. It will mean that in the period of time in which their objection is being handled these objecting residents will not have to pay the disputed portion of their rates payments.”
“A flag would be placed on the accounts with outstanding objection decisions to prevent debt collection action until such time as the objection was resolved. This flag on the account was with respect to the disputed rates account, but the affected account holders would be expected to continue to pay for all other services.
“Once the objection process is finalised, the objecting property owners will be required to make payment with interest, back-dated to 1 July 2018, for the valuation arising from the objection outcome. The city will be communicating this measure to all property owners who have objected through a variety of means, to ensure that this intervention is clearly understood,” Mashaba said.
– African News Agency (ANA)