Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille tabled a R49.1 billion budget for the 2018/19 year, announcing some shock tariff increases.
De Lille propose that ratepayers should be subject to the following increases for municipal services:
- Property rates up by 7.20%;
- Electricity up by 8.1 %
- Water up by 26.9%
- Sanitation up by 26.9%
- Refuse up by 5.7%.
ACDP councillor Grant Haskin says the increases are exorbitant and unaffordable.
He says that De Lille's proposed budget seems excessive and needs to reviewed in order to cut out unnecessary expenses.
This is very unaffordable for most, if not all, of the people of Cape Town.— Grant Haskin, ACDP leader
The numbers sound impressive but it's unaffordable for people to face a 26.9% increase on water and sanitation services, on top the money are already paying as rate payers.— Grant Haskin, ACDP leader
Cape Town has become an unaffordable place to live in.— Grant Haskin, ACDP leader
The total proposed budget for the upcoming financial year is a total of R49,1 billion with R39,8 billion on the operating budget and R9,2 billion for capital expenditure.
Haskin says councillors will spend the next month scrutinising the budget to prioritise projects and use funds effectively.
The public has been called to comment on the budget.
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