BCC gives loyal ratepay­ers $800,000

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili

THE Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil (BCC) has cred­ited over $800 000 to wa­ter ac­counts for res­i­dents and com­pa­nies who were not ow­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity when the Gov­ern­ment or­dered lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to write off debts in 2013.

In the lat­est coun­cil min­utes, BCC said it had cred­ited the money to ac­counts of both do­mes­tic and com­mer­cial clients fol­low­ing res­o­lu­tions made by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in 2013 and 2015 to pro­mote the pay­ment of rates.

It said do­mes­tic con­sumers were cred­ited with $100 per ac­count while com­mer­cial en­ti­ties were cred­ited with vary­ing amounts.

BCC said the move was meant to en­cour­age pay­ment of bills.

“This was meant to mo­ti­vate those cus­tomers who had good pay­ment records and had not ben­e­fited from the Min­is­te­rial di­rec­tive. A to­tal of $733 200 had been re­bated to 7 332 cus­tomers as re­ported on 18 Fe­bru­ary 2016,” read the min­utes.

“In view of this, non-do­mes­tic ac­count hold­ers to­talling 336 had had their ac­counts cred­ited with var­i­ous amounts to­talling $118 128.82 in the month of June 2016.

“With re­gards to the non-do­mes­tic con­sumers, coun­cil on 2 De­cem­ber 2015 had ex­tended the ges­ture and had re­solved that cred­its be passed on non-do­mes­tic ac­count hold­ers at 10 per­cent on to­tal re­ceipts made be­tween 1 Novem­ber 2014 and 31 De­cem­ber 2014 whose ac­count bal­ances at 31 Oc­to­ber 2013 were ei­ther at zero or in credit.”

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity said the de­lay in im­ple­ment­ing the res­o­lu­tion was due to the need for thor­ough anal­y­sis of the pay­ment records of cus­tomers to en­sure that ben­e­fi­cia­ries had not ben­e­fited from the 50 per­cent dis­count in­cen­tive which ex­pired on De­cem­ber 31 last year. — @nqot­shili

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