Tar­iff hike re­lief for Bu­l­awayo res­i­dents in 2017

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Vusumuzi Dube

BU­L­AWAYO res­i­dents will not fork out more in tar­iffs next year af­ter the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil (BCC) adopted a stand­still $158 mil­lion 2017 bud­get to ease pres­sure on ratepay­ers.

The bud­get comes af­ter the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing de­scended on the lo­cal au­thor­ity, sus­pend­ing five coun­cil­lors — in­clud­ing deputy mayor, Coun­cil­lor Gift Banda — on cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions.

The 2017 coun­cil pro­posed ex­pen­di­ture bud­get is pegged at $105 457 120 and the cap­i­tal bud­get at $48 109 346 to make a to­tal of $153 566 466.

Pre­sent­ing the pro­posed bud­get at a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing in coun­cil cham­bers yes­ter­day, the chair­per­son of the Fi­nance and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, Coun­cil­lor Mlandu Ncube, said the rev­enue bud­get pro­posal of $105 457 120 is a stand­still bud­get just like the 2016 bud­get with no tar­iff in­creases.

He said their top pri­or­ity for 2017 would be wa­ter de­liv­ery to­gether with health, sew­er­age and hous­ing. The other five pri­or­i­ties will be roads, ed­u­ca­tion, pub­lic light­ing, so­cial ser­vices, and fire and am­bu­lance ser­vices.

“The 2017 rev­enue bud­get pro­posal of $105 457 120 is a stand­still bud­get just like the 2016 bud­get with no tar­iff in­creases. The 2017 bud­get is ex­pected to pro­vide in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment and to im­prove the wel­fare of our res­i­dents.

“Much of our in­fra­struc­ture needs re­pair and main­te­nance; th­ese in­clude build­ings, roads, wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion in­fra­struc­ture, youth cen­tres, among oth­ers. The cap­i­tal bud­get is pegged at $48,11 mil­lion. The projects will be funded from bor­row­ings, in­ter­nal sources and grant fund­ing,” said Clr Ncube.

He re­vealed that they had failed to hold 2016 bud­get re­view meet­ings at ward level due to time con­straints as the 2016 bud­get was only ap­proved in Au­gust 2016.

“Coun­cil could not hold 2016 bud­get re­view meet­ings at ward level due to time con­straints as the 2016 bud­get was only ap­proved in Au­gust 2016 and the Min­istry has set 28 Oc­to­ber 2016 as the dead­line for sub­mit­ting the 2017 bud­get. A meet­ing was there­fore held with only ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Coun­cil­lors on Thurs­day, 25 Au­gust 2016 to re­view the 2016 bud­get and set pri­or­i­ties for the year 2017.

“A to­tal of 147 rep­re­sen­ta­tives com­pris­ing 101 men and 46 fe­males at­tended this meet­ing. The com­po­si­tion of the meet­ing was as fol­lows; 116 ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives; 17 Bu­l­awayo Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (BURA) and 14 Bu­l­awayo Pro­gres­sive Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (BUPRA),” said Clr Ncube.

Some of the ma­jor pro­vi­sions in­cluded in the pro­posed bud­get are that the to­tal rev­enue ex­pen­di­ture for the rates and gen­eral ser­vices ac­count for the year 2016 should amount to $41,62 mil­lion and the in­come bud­get for the ac­count is $43,67 mil­lion where the sur­plus of $2,05 mil­lion will be used to fund other ser­vices.

“The wa­ter ac­count en­com­passes con­ser­va­tion, ad­min­is­tra­tion, de­liv­ery, pu­rifi­ca­tion and retic­u­la­tion of wa­ter. A rev­enue ex­pen­di­ture bud­get of $18,31mil­lion is pro­vided for the wa­ter ac­count. The in­come bud­get is $31,21mil­lion. The sur­plus in­come in this ac­count will be ap­plied to re­ha­bil­i­tate wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture and fi­nance other im­por­tant ser­vices such as per­sonal health.

“To­tal rev­enue ex­pen­di­ture for the rates and gen­eral ser­vices ac­count for the year 2017 amounts to $41,62 mil­lion and the in­come bud­get for the ac­count is $ 43,67 mil­lion. The sur­plus of $2,05mil­lion will also be used to fund other ser­vices,” said Clr Ncube.—@vu­sadb.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.