Too rich to pay rates

Too rich to pay rates

Rates crusader strikes at purse of Joburg's elite and powerful.

Howick-based property rates crusader Rob McLaren is doing a fine job of making sure he is on fewer Christmas card lists by asking the City of Johannesburg to revalue just about every high-value property in Sandton - including homes belonging to the Chinese government and the family of Robert Mugabe.

McLaren has objected to 104 property valuations by the city-contracted firm Evaluations Enhanced Property Appraisals which compiled the General Valuation Roll (GVR) for 2018.

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Submitted by : Mo Haarhoff of Stellenbosch on 2018-12-22 21:31:48
Surely the initial low valuations could be considered political, since the DA has now more power in the city?
Submitted by : Greg Beykirch on 2018-12-21 19:51:20
Well done Rob McLaren.
Why don't all municipalities pay a commission to whoever generates a valuation increase, on objection?

Editor's Note
What a good idea! But it must not become personal. That could result in witch hunts amongst neighbours. A campaign for justice in taxation is the right way to go.


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