Chegutu sets $6m bud­get

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Mashonaland Central & West News - Bless­ings Chi­dakwa Mash West Cor­re­spon­dent

CHEGUTU Town Coun­cil has pro­posed to main­tain its 2018 bud­get at $6 mil­lion to lessen the bur­den on the res­i­dents.

Town chair­per­son Mr Leo Gwanzura said the lo­cal au­thor­ity had de­cided to have a stand­still bud­get as a vi­able op­tion.

“We saw that peo­ple were strug­gling to pay their rates and it was go­ing to be ab­surd for us to in­crease the rates next year,” he said.

Mr Gwanzura said a re­duc­tion in the bud­get was also likely to bur­den the lo­cal au­thor­ity as peo­ple would be re­luc­tant to pay.

“To re­duce the bud­get was also go­ing to im­pact neg­a­tively on our in­flows de­pend­ing on how res­i­dents will pay, we just thought main­tain­ing it where it was, was a no­ble idea since this year we have been try­ing to make ends meet with what we have,” he said.

The town is cur­rently re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing its road net­work af­ter the lo­cal au­thor­ity got an al­lo­ca­tion of $80 000 from the Zim­babwe Na­tional Roads Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Zi­nara).

Mr Gwanzura said the road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ex­er­cise was go­ing on well.

“We re­ceived $80 000 from Zi­nara and we have started resur­fac­ing and patch­ing pot­holes,” he said.

Mr Gwanzura said the al­lo­ca­tion from Zi­nara was timely as the town was bat­tling to fund road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes on its own.

He said the city’s road net­work was ex­ten­sively dam­aged by last year’s heavy rains, which saw Gov­ern­ment declar­ing the coun­try’s roads a na­tional dis­as­ter.

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