Town Council replies to netizen’s complaint on increased S&C charges
Posted by temasektimes on August 2, 2012
We refer to your email of 30 Jul 12.
CCKTC is continuously investing in maintaining and improving the standards of our estate to meet the rising expectations of our residents.
Over the last 8 years, we did not have any S&CC increase, but as inflation goes up, all of us are affected. CCKTC therefore needs to make this fee adjustment to mitigate the rising costs of operations and maintenance and to continue to innovate and deliver even better value to our residents and businesses in the coming months.
The bulk of the expenditure goes into the rising cost of the utilities bills and lift maintenance. over the last 8 years, utility tariff has gone up by 70% from 15.44 cents per kWh in January 2004 and 28.78 cents per kWH in April 2012. Cleaning fees have also increased.
You mentioned about a float which we assume you are referring to the sinking fund. It is compulsory for all the town councils to transfer 30%-35% of the service and conservancy charges each quarter into the sinking fund. The sinking funds are used for cyclical maintenance and upgrading projects. These works include repainting, re-roofing, overhaul of lifts and replacement of pumps and co-payment for Lift Upgrading Programme etc. The Town Council has planned about $309 million worth of cyclical works in the next 10 years.
Finally, we wish to clarify that like other towns, we put up national day banners and decorations for our town but we do not co-share advertisements for the NDP event.
We wish to thank you for the chance to clarify and to share with you on the town council’s operations. Please feel free to contact our Finance Department at 6569 0388 if you require further assistance on this matter.
Ong Shu Qi
Public Relations Executive
Chua Chu Kang Town Council