Mayor Patricia de Lille has prevented the inclusion of an extra electricity tariff that would hit consumers with an additional R250 charge on their monthly rates bill.
The draft budget proposed the implementation of a home user tariff of R8.21 per day for properties valued at over R1 million.
The Cape Argus reports that due to widespread input from the public, the decision was taken not to implement the home user tariff, meaning homes valued at R1 million and more will remain on the domestic tariff.
It also revealed the electricity tariff increase to be adopted by the council is 3.34%, down from a 7.78% hike last year.
It’s believed the decision to halt the home user tariff is in line with the city’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) to be a more “responsive and customer centric government”.
There is also a proposal of a new R50 monthly rebate on rates for properties valued between R400 000 and R750 000.
For households to qualify for a 25% reduction in refuse removal charges, the property value has been increased from R400 000 to R500 000.
However, as a result of the ongoing water crisis, households that use more than 35kl a month will see an increase of nearly 20% on their bill come July 1.