Beit­bridge in­creases 2019 bud­get

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Thu­peyo Mu­leya in Beit­bridge

BEIT­BRIDGE Coun­cil is propos­ing $8,4 mil­lion bud­get for 2019 com­pared to $6,1 mil­lion for 2018 and says the bulk of the money from next year’s bud­get will be chan­nelled to­wards ser­vice de­liv­ery.

Fi­nance direc­tor Mr Anymore Mbedzi told stake­hold­ers last week that al­though the bud­get had been in­creased, most rates and tar­iffs will re­main un­changed.

He said af­ter con­duct­ing a num­ber of con­sul­ta­tive meet­ings they had re­viewed a few rates to be in­line with the town’s mu­nic­i­pal sta­tus

“We have com­mit­ted the bulk of the bud­get on cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture in order to ac­cel­er­ate de­vel­op­ment and im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“The em­ploy­ees costs have been pegged at $2,3 mil­lion, which is 30 per­cent of the bud­get as rec­om­mended by Gov­ern­ment,” he said.

He said most rates and ser­vice charges will re­main un­changed ex­cept for a few in­clud­ing bonded ware­houses, bak­eries, hard­wares, su­per­mar­kets, mo­bile tele­phone sub­sta­tions, TelOne, casi­nos, fruit machines, fast foods, money trans­fer agents and banks among oth­ers.

Mr Mbedzi said coun­cil had lined up a num­ber in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment projects meant to trans­form the town.

The projects to be im­ple­mented in­clude con­struc­tion of a new pri­mary school, stands ser­vic­ing, new Dulivhadz­imo bus ter­mi­nus, set­ting up of mod­ern flea mar­ket stalls, up­grad­ing Dulivhadz­imo sta­dium, pub­lic light­ing, up­grad­ing sewer and wa­ter retic­u­la­tion fa­cil­i­ties, con­struc­tion of a science lab­o­ra­tory at Vhembe High School, roads sur­fac­ing, streets and sub­urbs re­nam­ing among oth­ers.

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