Bay residents can expect 9% surge in municipal bills

NELSON Mandela Bay ratepayers will have to dig deeper into their pockets from July if proposed water, electricity and property tariff increases are approved.

The municipality has proposed steep hikes of 12% for water, sanitation and refuse, 9.5% for property rates and 7% for electricity.

This would see the average household utility bill rise by about 9% a month.

The municipality still has to finalise the tariff hikes for commerce and industry so it is not yet clear how businesses will be affected. – Rochelle de Kock

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