George Municipality has adopted a conservative approach with the projecting of revenue in the 2017/18 budget. The municipality faces growing pressure from both the rising cost of bulk services and the rapidly growing number of households in George together with the prevailing economic challenges facing South Africa which continue to pressurise municipal revenue generation and collections levels.
Executive Mayor, Alderman Naik proposed the approval of the 2017/18 Medium Term Revenue Expenditure Framework (MTREF) budget during a special council meeting held on 31st May 2017.
“In my view this is a budget for growth, a budget for the people and a budget for prosperity and spending plans. This Municipality plans and strives for a stronger economy and a budget that can grow and deliver to our citizens over the long term. I think there is consensus in Council that nothing is more important than growing the economy and create jobs. It also aims to improve the quality of spending and ensure service delivery is not compromised.”
The following percentage tariff increases have been approved:
Property Rates - 9%
Water - 8%
Refuse - 15%
Sanitation - 8%
Electricity – 1.88%
The tariffs listed above reflect the costs associated with rendering of the service, including capital, operating, repairsand maintenance and administration costs.
The George Municipality has also announced a minor increase in the price of only the off-bus GO GEORGE single ticket. The green single ticket bought off-bus at vendors will cost 50c more from 1 July, thus selling at R9.50. The price of the multi-journey and on-bus tickets remain unchanged. A multi-journey ticket with 10 trips can only be bought off bus and costs R85, or R8.50 per trip. Single tickets purchased on the bus cost R10.00.
The income threshold for indigent households has been increased from R3500 to R4000 per month. An allowance of 6kl of water plus the basic charge for water is applicable per residential property, 70 units of Electricity and only basic charges for sanitation and refuse. Residential properties with a property value below R150 000 will be exempted from paying property rates.
R340,9 million is budgeted for capital spending in 2017/18 of which R197,8 million is grant funded. R73,6 million is allocated for spending on GIPTN transport infrastructure; R47,5 million is allocated to the development and upgrade of water infrastructure; R45 million for roads and stormwater upgrading; R59,3 million towards the upgrading and expansion of the sewer system; R66,3 million is provided for electricity infrastructure expansion and upgrade and R19,9 million (funded from external loans) for the purchase of new specialized vehicles.
Caption: The Budget office in a celebratory mode following the finalisation and adoption of the 2017/18 Budget. From left: Manger Income, Henry Mitchell; ; Accountant: Budget Office, Peter Gelderbloem; Deputy Director: Financial Services: Operation, Moos Cupido; Senior Controller: Asset Management , Hein Diemont; Deputy Director: Financial Services: Expenditure & SCM, Zanda Van Rooyen; Administrator: Sundry Debtors, Elana Van Der Westhuizen; Accountant: Budget Office, Carey Jansen Van Vuuren; CFO, Keith Jordaan; Portfolio Councillor for Finance, Stag Cronje; Senior Controller AFS, Acquilla Matshaya; Manager Expenditure, Yoland Gelderbloem; Manager SCM, Boet Gericke; Senior Typist / Clerk, Allodene Jonas; Deputy Director: Financial Services: Budget & AFS, Leon Wallace; Senior Controller AFS, Ntandokazi Ntlale; Executive Support Officer, Magda Meyer, Accountant: Budget Office, Le-Anne Maksella.Last published 06 June 2017