Bronbergers unite to get property rates paid back PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 August 2008 04:20
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Bronberg ratepayers are uniting to pursue a joint action to claim back the property rates due to them. If you paid the disputed property rates from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005, you are entitled to a refund.

On 2 June the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed Kungwini Local Municipality's appeal against the judgment of Judge Legodi, setting aside the property rates in the greater Bronberg area for the municipal financial year 2004/5. The effect of this judgement is that the rate of 0.054c in the Rand for 2004/5 is set aside and no property tax is payable in the Bronberg area for that year. This has set a positive precedent for the pending cases for the financial year 2005/6 and 2006/7.

However, Bronbergers who wish to support a joint claiming action have to cede their rights to Silver Lakes Home Owners Association because it was the primary respondent in the Supreme Court of Appeal case. The actual negotiation process will be done by the Kungwini West Alliance (KWA). Silver Lakes and KWA are in the process of starting negotiations with the Kungwini Local Municipality. They propose that the municipality credit the accounts for all ratepayers in the Bronberg area for the amounts that were paid in the 2004/5 period and to acquit non-payers for the same period.


The setting aside of property rates for 2004/5 has set a positive precedent for 2005/6 and 2006/7's pending cases

Silver Lakes and KWA are offering to act on your behalf to claim back the amounts due. They are currently compiling a calculation for ratepayers, based on the applicable year’s valuation roll. They're doing it themselves because they think it unlikely that the municipality would have the resources or inclination to find out which amounts should be credited to ratepayers.

KWA chairman Derek Le Roux said that it is each ratepayer's right to sue the municipality in his or her own capacity. Ratepayers that wish to do so must continue with their own actions."Joint action would, however, be in our communal interest and probably save costs," he said.

Ratepayers who wish to pursue such joint action are requested to complete a "Cession of Action" form by 30 August.

The forms are available on The Bronberger's community forum at www.bronberger.co.za under 'current affairs'. If you haven't yet registered to become a member of the community forum, you only have to follow two easy steps to do so.

 

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