Further increase in rates possible

RATEPAYERS could be squeezed even more to pay for the establishment of the controversial metro police force if the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has its way.

This is even though the municipality is sitting with a staggering R140- million in outstanding traffic fines which, if collected, could go a long way towards funding the 900-member force that will enforce the bylaws.

The municipality needs R3.3-million to cover the initial start-up costs for the first three months. But it will need more than R200-million in the next financial year to get it up and running.

Earlier this week, several departments were told they would have to scale back on some service delivery projects to pay the start-up costs. – Rochelle de Kock

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