Residents are facing tariff increases again from July 1 this year.
The municipality determines rate increases after consulting with the public.
The thing is, residents are slack to attend the public budget meetings, but fast to complain when rates are hiked.
One contentious revenue line for the municipality is property valuations and taxes.
The general valuation roll, dated January 21, is now open for public comments and objections.
Residents have until April 17, with the deadline set for 13:00, to submit their responses to the proposed property valuations and consequent property tax increases.
The valuation roll will be approved by the council following the April 17 deadline.
If approved, the valuation roll will only lapse on June 30, 2029.
All objections must be in relation to a specific individual property and not against the supplementary valuation roll.
Objection forms can be obtained from property evaluation services at the civic centre, or the municipality’s website.
The complete form must be addressed to Municipal Manager Mandla Mnguni and submitted by hand to Property Valuation Services in room C218 on the first floor of the civic centre.
Residents can object to any matter on the general valuation roll in respect to individual properties.
Ms Juanita Dedekind from Property Valuation Services is there to help, if residents need it.
She will also assist residents who cannot read or write to complete their forms.
To view the valuation roll from your PC visit www.stlm.gov.za / or www.stevetshwetelm.gov.za.