What is a CID?
City Improvement Districts are geographic areas (Special Rating Areas – SRA) in which the majority of property owners determine and agree to fund supplementary and complementary services to those normally provided by the Local Authority in order to maintain and manage the public environment at a superior level and thus maintain or increase their investment. The Local Authority continues to provide normal services. Legislation allows for CIDs to raise an additional levy to be charged on all property within the defined geographical area (Special Rating Area – SRA). Income from this levy is directed back to the defined area to finance a wide range of activities.
Supplementary services might include safety and security patrol officers, pavement cleaning, litter collection, maintenance of public space, removal of illegal posters etc.
A non-profit company is set up to manage the CID and represent the property owners in the geographical area.
What happens to my money?
The money collected from property owners is used by the management body (the committee) to achieve community goals set out to uplift and improve the community. Unlike rates, funds contributed by the property owners may only be spent in the area in which they are collected.
Questions & Answers:
Q. How will they calculate the CID levy?
- The levy will be a rate based calculation on the total municipal valuation of all properties in the CID area.
- It will be a cent in the rand amount according to the municipal value of your property, i.e. R163-12 per R1 million valuations. The average municipal value for a home in Vredekloof is ±R1 mil.
- Actual figures based on a R1 mil. property value:
Q. With a CID, will it mean that everybody then has to pay the levy?
Q. Will the committee do the calculation of the levies?
- No, the City will do a calculation for a cent in the rand value, based on the total municipal value of all properties in the proposed CID area to accommodate the proposed budget. The City keeps back 3% for bad debt which will be paid back at the end of a financial year. The CID levies will be paid over to the VCID (Vredekloof City Improvement District) by the 26th of each month.
Q. If the municipality does a recalculation of our property values, what will happen to our levies?
- They will do a recalculation of the levies to accommodate our budget.
Q. Can the committee increase the levies if they want to?
- No, they have to work strictly according to the 3 year budget. The City is in the process to change the budget period from 3 to 5 years. The committee will also have to supply the City with monthly reports regarding its expenditure.
Q. How many CIDs are there?
Q. What will happen after 3 years? Will we have to go through the whole process again?
- No. Only an application with a new budget approved by the property owners needs to be submitted to Council for approval.
Q. If I am a pensioner and can not afford to pay the levy, do I still need to sign?
- Yes, we still need your vote but you can contact Leon Brynard who will help you to apply to the City not to pay property tax or to pay a reduced amount.
Q. If you have signed a form in the past and you are now a contributing member, do you need to sign again?
- Yes, it is a requirement of the City that we get your signature again on their prescribed form.
24 Hour CONTROL ROOM:
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0860 123 872
0861 752 911 (SJC Control Room)
073 647 3135
VCID OFFICE (8:30am - 4:30pm):
021 981 3303 email@example.com
Brackenfell Police Station:
021 980 5700
SAPS Sector 4 Policing (Vredekloof):
079 894 1427
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0860 103 089
0860 103 054
CoCT Service Delivery Complaints
For All service delivery complaints make use of the C3 electronic Reporting System:
SMS 31373 (160 characters) or
Phone 0860 103 089
This C3 reporting system ensures that your contact is logged & a reference number will track progress.