Masvingo coun­cil adopts $27m stand­still bud­get for 2017

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

au­thor­ity con­sid­ered the plight of res­i­dents and pro­posed a zero per­cent in­crease from the 2016 bud­get.

“We have pro­posed as city fa­thers that our res­i­dents should be spared from pay­ing ex­tra money above what they are pay­ing now in the 2016 bud­get. We have car­ried for­ward the $27 mil­lion from 2016 bud­get to 2017. There won’t be any tar­iff in­crease,” said Clr Beta of Ward 6. He said the lo­cal au­thor­ity dis­patched teams to all 10 wards to so­licit views on the 2017 pro­posed bud­get.

“Dur­ing bud­get con­sul­ta­tions which ended last week it was re­alised that res­i­dents were fail­ing to pay the present wa­ter rates with oth­ers fac­ing huge out­stand­ing debts. This in­formed us that we can­not in­crease tar­iffs,” Clr Beta said.

Masvingo Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers spokesper­son Mr God­frey Mu­timba hailed the de­ci­sion taken by coun­cil not to in­crease tar­iffs.

“We salute our city fa­thers for ap­pre­ci­at­ing the res­i­dents’ plight. The de­ci­sion not to in­crease the bud­get is com­mend­able. Res­i­dents have lit­tle or no dis­pos­able in­come. They are even fail­ing to pay the present wa­ter tar­iffs,” said Mr Mu­timba.

Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil has also de­cided to main­tain a stand­still bud­get of $158 mil­lion for 2017 to ease pres­sure on ratepay­ers.

- @wal­terbm­swazie2.

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