The Buffalo City Municipality faces budgetary challenges with regard to the next General Valuation, scheduled for next year.
A report in the 2012/13 Draft Integrated Development Plan Review says that budgetary constraints are a “serious and potential impediment to the project and can potentially threaten the success and implementation of the envisaged General Valuation 2013 project”.
The report says that failure to carry out a general valuation “could lead to denying the municipality an opportunity to levy rates in the ensuring years”.
This was because it would be “illegal to levy rates without having followed the necessary statutory requirements”.
The report says that an estimated R46 million is required for the general valuation.
The report says that a second challenge is the shortage of trained staff to conduct the general valuation, adding that a trend has been observed in terms of which trained candidate valuers “leave immediately they receive their qualifications.
“This is a great loss and cost to the municipality as the time to train an individual is not less than five years.”
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