Anonymous, Mossel Bay:
In a recent letter from our honourable municipal manager, hidden towards the end, a new pick pocket tax is slipped in.
As taxes and death go, they are part of reality. My concern though is that the municipality intends to act as a collecting agent for a third party, similar to cellphone companies collecting money for Wireless Application Service Providers (WASPs).
This means the municipality, as with cellphone companies, have no obligation to deliver against this new tax. As a case in point, the municipal manager refers us to the website of the recipient of this pick pocket tax, where we can read about all the good things this tax will bring us, such as replacing our existing expensive security service, finding the emergency response phone number, having a look at who will be running this new venture, and so forth.
Unfortunately the website we are being referred to only says "reserved to mosselbaycid.co.za".
Either our municipal manager did not apply his mind, making an early April Fool's joke, or this new venture is still being born and we will not be lumbered with yet another tax for which we receive nothing in return.
Mossel Bay Municipality:
The Mossel Bay City Improvement District (CID) intends to expand the boundaries to include more businesses and properties.
The main reasons for the proposed expansion are to ultimately protect the entire Central Mossel Bay city centre, and not just parts of it, from urban decay and increasing crime, thus preserving the area, attracting economic development in the tourism industry especially, as well as raising property values.
The CID is a registered, non-profit organisation (NPO) that complies with all relevant legislation and has been in operation for some time.
The CID provides financial statements to the municipality, which plays a supervisory role over activities and thus ensures the good management and protection of the interests of the CID members.
Interested parties are advised to visit the CID website (www.mosselbaycid.co.za), where the organisation's five-year implementation plan is available.
To improve property values by providing additional services, the CID, and not the municipality, levies a fee that is collected via the municipal account of the relevant residents and businesses that are included in the CID and it is paid directly to the CID. These levies are a small contribution to the CID, whose activities bring many benefits to participating residents and businesses.