Residents of Cape Town have been afforded an opportunity to argue against higher water and electricity tariffs as the window period to comment on the municipality’s R49 billion budget opened this week.
The city’s draft budget for the 2019/20 financial year is out for public comment. Ratepayers have until 24 April to comment on the draft budget before a final budget is tabled for approval in May.
According to the draft budget, on average, water users could be charged 9% more, depending on their usage. The draft budget also makes provision for poorer residents which upped the quota of free water for indigent citizens to 10.5 kilolitres.
Mayor Dan Plato said the budget would be orientated around the delivery of services to the residents of the city.
“This budget provides the details of the funded commitments to deliver on programmes and projects. It aims to improve the lives of all in the city,” said Plato.
“The city has now become a global leader in water conservation, and we must all continue to be much more water-wise,” he said.
ANC caucus leader Xolani Sotashe said: “This draft budget will bring nothing new to the residents of Cape Town. I want to caution the people of Cape Town that they will be using this opportunity as an electioneering budget and they will be fooled. This budget does not take the people into consideration.”