Valuation roll to open for inspection and objections

Property owners in the City of Joburg will soon have the opportunity to inspect the municipal valuation roll.

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The draft roll will be open for inspection and objection from February 20 to April 6.

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“Property owners have the right to inspect the general valuation roll and object to an entry or against an omission from the roll,” said MMC for finance, Clr Funzela Ngobeni.

Once the roll has been finalised, objections will only be allowed through a specific, legally determined process.

The proposed 2018 Valuation Roll records about 879 005 properties in the Johannesburg metropolitan area.

Each property value is linked to its market value, which is a determinant of the rates payable by each owner.

The valuation roll will be valid for four years and customer rates will be calculated on the same value for that period unless changes have been made that may affect the property’s value.

“The General Valuation Roll forms the basis for the levying of property rates. Owners who want to dispute the value of their properties should complete objection forms and attach supportive documents,” said Ngobeni.

Ratepayers can hand over their objections to valuation staff at any one of the 12 identified venues citywide.

The valuation review will start immediately after the objection period ends and will be conducted by the municipal valuer.

The imminent General Valuation Roll will be implemented on July 1 and will also be available on the city website

“Ratepayers should include the reason for objecting to the valuation, along with evidence,” said Ngobeni.

The city manager, Ndivho Lukhwareni, will submit all objections to the municipal valuer at the end of the inspection period.

Property owners should note that the lodging of objections does not defer the liability for payment of rates and taxes.

“If the value of your property changes subsequent to the objection process, you will be refunded or billed the difference with interest,” Ngobeni said.

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Marietta Lombard

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