Keetmanshoop property tax increases by 120 per cent

28 Jul 2016 14:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 28 JUL (NAMPA) - Municipal property tax in Keetmanshoop has increased by at least 120 per cent effective 01 July 2016, following an evaluation exercise finalised in April this year.
The increases are calculated on the land value, sewerage connections and improvements on all properties in the municipal area.
Anonymous Keetmanshoop residents and municipal staff have expressed shock at the escalation, with some indicating that they would challenge the gazetted increase in court.
Keetmanshoop Chief Executive Officer Desmond Basson told Nampa on Thursday residents had a chance to object to the outcome of the evaluation process when the roll was open for inspection at the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court a few months ago.
“This is a normal process. People forget that the last valuation was done 10 years ago. Property owners win too as the value of their assets have gone up. Their properties will fetch higher prices when they sell it,” he said.
The Keetmanshoop Municipality’s Local Economic Development Manager Jegg Christiaan told Nampa objections registered by some residents were unsubstantial and were thus turned down.
“The objections were more on misunderstandings related to the valuation process and those were clarified,” he said.
A stunned municipal staff member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the hikes were unacceptable to pensioners, unemployed people and other vulnerable persons.
“If it is difficult for me to stomach this, I imagine that it will be devastating for those people who do not have incomes,” she said.
The valuation exercise was done by SK Valuers and Property Consultants.