NDLAMBE’S draft budget, tabled for consideration at the recent full council meeting, proposes a rates increase for 2017/2018 of 9%, and a general increase in tariffs across the board of 9.83% (including water tariffs, electricity charges, waste management and so forth).
In previous years the draft budget has seen a recommended rates increase of around 17%, but this is contested and settles at around 12%. This year, however, the financial directorate has submitted a comprehensive budget plan and managed to contain expenses to a level that many residents should find acceptable, particularly given the fact that South Africa is currently in an official recession.
The major issue with respect to the proposed budget is that there is no money available for the municipality to begin capital projects.
See the whole story in this week’s Talk of the Town