The two political parties in the Kouga, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the ANC reached consensus at a Council meeting last week to increase the provision for bad debts to 10 %.
The figure presented to Council in the proposed budget was 4 %, which was totally unrealistic.
With no municipality in the country collecting even 95 % of all monies owed, Kouga needed an achievable collection rate to for the proposed budget.
This means there will be even more belt tightening for the cash strapped Kouga Municipality with its bloated salary expenditure and crumbling infrastructure.
There is no sign that the R 87 million applied for in 2011 to repair infrastructure damaged by the floods which means roads in Aston Bay and Ocean View may take years to be repaired.
The revised budget has to be approved by Council before the end of June.