Bloemfontein -The Mangaung metro council has approved new tariff rates which will result in a 5.9% increase in property rates for residents.
The budget was approved by a 54 to 28 vote by show of hands on Thursday, during a public special council meeting at the Bloemfontein City Hall.
Sanitation fees would also go up 5.9%, electricity tariffs 5.3%, water tariffs 8.8% and general tariffs 10%.
"We all have to pay for our services," executive mayor Thabo Manyoni told residents in the packed city hall.
Referring to two local businesses' failed court application this week to stop the budget, Manyoni said the business community wanted water, electricity and a clean city with good roads to boost business.
"These are services that we, as a metro, must provide. We cannot provide services for nothing. We cannot be irresponsible."
Manyoni said the city would invest R865.9m to upgrade and install service delivery infrastructure to provide services to communities.
This would ensure the developmental mandate assigned to local government was discharged.
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