George Local Municipality: Overview
LOCAL MUNICIPALITY POWERS
Local municipalities are mandated to:
- Pass by-laws (local laws and regulations) about any of the functions they are responsible for. By-laws may not go against any national laws.
- Approve budgets and development plans. Every year, a municipal budget must be passed that sets down how money will be raised and spent. The municipality must also approve the Integrated Development Plan (IDP).
- Impose rates and other taxes; for example, property tax.
- Charge service fees for using municipal services like water, electricity and libraries.
- Impose fines for people who break municipal by-laws; for example, traffic fines or fines for littering.
- Borrow money. The council can take out a loan for a development or other project and is permitted to use municipal assets as surety.
LOCAL MUNICIPALITY FUNCTIONS
The Consitution confers the following areas of responsibility on local municipalities:
- Electricity delivery.
- Water for household use.
- Sewerage and sanitation.
- Storm water systems.
- Refuse removal.
- Firefighting services.
- Municipal health services.
- Decisions around land use.
- Local roads.
- Local public transport.
- Street trading.
- Abattoirs and fresh food markets.
- Parks and recreational areas.
- Libraries and other community facilities.
- Local tourism.
The content on this page was last updated on 3 September 2013