Pensioners can reapply for rates rebate

Pensioners, who are 60 years and older and received rates rebates during the previous General Valuation (GV) period of 2015, have until Saturday November 30 to reapply.

The previous three-year GV cycle ended in June. Applications can be filed by email or at the nearest walk-in centre.

Property owners who are dependent on pensions or social grants, including those with special needs, and who earn a household income of up to R17 500 may qualify for rates discounts.

It is an increase of R2 500 in the monthly household income threshold for rates assistance. The rebates for all income bands between
R4 500 and R17 500 a month were also adjusted upwards.

Furthermore, impoverished property owners who earn up to R6 000 a month, regardless of their age, are also encouraged to apply for indigent benefits that include rates rebates.

“We encourage qualifying pensioners to act now and not to lose out on the assistance that is on offer. From November onwards, our customer walk-in offices also become busier, so we encourage our pensioners to bear this in mind. Officials will however assist as far as is possible. In these challenging economic times, every bit of financial relief can go a long way to assist families and their budgets. Those who qualify need only go through the verification process once every three years. It coincides with the General Valuation of properties.

“It used to be a requirement that pensioners go through this application process every year. To reduce the burden on pensioners, we managed to change the reapplication process so that applicants need only submit their paperwork every three years. We are trying our best to make the process as painless as possible,” said mayoral committee member for finance, Ian Neilson.