Joburg residents will have to fork out a whole more when the city’s property rates, electricity and water tariff increases for the 2021/22 financial year kick in.

The Joburg electricity tariff hikes could be in place as soon as 1 July 2021.

Eye Witness News reported on Tuesday that the City of Johannesburg had announced its  increases of all rates and taxes for the 2021/2022 financial year.

“Finance MMC Jolidee Matongo said that the hikes were in line with concerns raised by members of the public around affordability,” Eye Witness News reported.

Matongo presented the city’s budget at a council meeting on Tuesday.

The city has hiked its water tariffs by 6.8%, although residents will still be guaranteed 6kl of water free of charge. Sanitation fees have been increased by 6.8%. Refuse tariffs were reduced.

“Joburg residents who’re not pensioners will have to pay 2% more in property taxes as compared to last year,” Eye Witness News Reported.

Residents will have to fork out 14,59% more for electricity, as the city impacted a price hike higher than Nersa’s recommenced municipal tariff increases for the financial year.

In presenting the city’s budget Matongo said that the council had considered “numerous factors” when recommending the tariff increases for the 2021/2022 financial year.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on lives and livelihoods of Johannesburg residents. This has seen many people struggling to keep up with their municipal accounts as you would all have seen. This has subsequently affected the collection of municipal rates and taxes that are a source of revenue for continued service delivery,” Eye Witness News Reported.

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Presh JM Reporter

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