TLU SA today launched a protest action against unreasonable property taxes.
According to law, it is the responsibility of the municipality to ensure specific economic and social levels within an allocated area. Municipalities must undertake economic impact studies to be able to provide these services. It should also establish the unforeseen impact disasters will have on the financial sustainability of residents.
“In light of the disastrous economic impact of COVID-19 and the following lockdown measures on individuals and businesses, property tax rates should be adjusted,” says Mr Louis Meintjes, the president of TLU SA. “The authorities are obliged to offer relief during and after disasters so people can look after themselves.”
It is important to realise that property tax must be used to manage the entire municipal or district area properly. It does not only apply to service of a property such as waste removal, sewerage and sanitation, water and electricity. The municipality or district must ensure it is economically feasible for a person to make a living, be it through running a business or creating job opportunities.
“We must take responsibility for the country we live in,” says Mr Meintjes. “In a democracy, each resident must point out problems and continue until there is a solution. There is no sense in complaining about high property taxes and poor service delivery, but doing nothing about it. You must take on your municipality.”
With the Local Government Protest Action, TLU SA makes it possible for each person paying property taxes to object to services not balancing the services. All the necessary information is available on this platform to take on your municipality.
You are welcome to join our latest episode of Plaaspraatjies for more information about the protest action.
Issued by: TLU SA
Date: 1 July 2020
Enquiries: Mr Louis Meintjes, President TLU SA, Cell.: 082 461 7262
Mr Bennie van Zyl, General Manager TLU SA,
Cell.: 082 466 4470