It could take six to 12 months for the City of Johannesburg to work through more than 40,000 electronic objections to the city’s recent valuation roll, ward 117 councillor Tim Truluck says. Truluck has been advising concerned residents about how to object to valuations of their properties — and how to decide what amount to pay while their objections are being assessed. Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba has said people who objected will not be affected by a revaluation until their objection has been dealt with — they "will be allowed to continue paying what they have been paying historically until the objection process is finalised". The city will ensure no credit management processes are initiated against objectors, as long as they continue to pay rates at the previous level, along with their invoiced service charges. Their invoices, however, will still reflect the rates based on the new valuation, as the law prescribes this. Mashaba said that "these objecting residents will not have to p...

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