Masvingo City Residents Reject Proposed 2019 Budget

Masvingo residents are up in arms with the Masvingo City Fathers over the proposed 2019 budget. The council intends to increase water tariffs by 60 per cent. Masvingo Residents Ratepayers Alliance (Murra) director Anoziva Muguti told Daily News that they have filed objections to the proposed tariff hike. He said

Residents rejected the increase in water rates by 60 per cent…cited economic woes they are facing as well as a failure by the city council to supply water to them adequately, as reasons for their rejection among others. The council, however, went on to approve the budget in a full council meeting, deliberately ignoring the rejections by residents.

We kindly, therefore, appeal to your honourable office not to approve the MCC budget until they address the residents’ concerns over the matter.

Part of the Council schedule which has become a bone of contention reads as follows

In accordance with section 219 of the Urban Councils Act chapter (29:15), the water tariff with effect from the monthly reading of the meters in January 2019 shall be set below; domestic 1 to 18 cubic metres existing $0,80 to $1,48 (2019), commercial 1 to 24 cubic metres existing $1,90 to $2,10 (2019), and Institutional consumers 1 to 4 514 cubic metres existing $1,90 to $2, 10(2019).

Refuse existing $4 to $4,87(2019), and supplementary charges would remain $3 subject to the approval by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.

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