The municipality responds:
In terms of legislation for municipalities, the Draft Budget for the 2019/2020 financial year was recently tabled to the Mossel Bay Council. The proposed tariffs, stated in the document, have been made public and council invites the public to submit comments in writing to the municipal manager on the proposed increases and the draft budget. All comments received from the public will be considered during the process of setting tariffs and finalising the budget for the next financial year. The final document will be tabled to council for approval.
In order for a municipality to consider tariffs, it must consider the basket of costs applicable to each service rendered to the customer. The proposed tariffs have been informed by a recent cost of supply study in order to determine the exact cost that applies to each service that is rendered by the municipality, and guidelines were also shared with communities during public participation meetings that were held in the various wards.
In a statement, it was noted: "The municipality ensures the public that all comments received will be considered and we always strive to set tariffs that are cost-reflective, sustainable and equitable, while being affordable for all."