ROB ROSE: Greedy municipalities choke ratepayers
Inflated property values and exorbitant rate hikes are fuelling a silent revolt as wealthy residents simply move away from delinquent municipalities
Many homeowners will have been bewildered to open their utility bills this week, only to see a giddying rise in the rates charged by their municipalities.
After all, since first being told of the planned hike in the valuations of their properties months ago, thousands have lodged objections. Yet the municipalities, displaying an almost admirable nonchalance, ignored these objections, and sent out the bills anyway...
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