No rates increases for Mutare - Mayor

MUTARE - Mutare City Council is consulting residents on the 2014 budget amid assurances that they will not be any rates increases, according to mayor Tatenda Nhamarare.

“We are doing ward-based consultative meetings for all the 19 wards of the city as we seek a new relationship between ratepayers and council,” Nhamarare told the Daily News.

“In our proposed budget, we are however not going to increase any of our rates.”

The multi-stakeholder budget consultative process started on Monday and will end early next week, Nhamarare said.

The mayor said his council will seek to work closely with residents “unlike in previous years when council was not consulting widely”.

He said key in their plans was to settle workers’ outstanding salaries which he hoped the consultative meetings may help address.

Council was in 2013 working with a budget of $15,3 million.

By September, council’s projected revenue collection was short of 29 percent.

“Judging by council performance in revenue collection between January and September, we are unlikely to meet our projected targets but we hope all this will change in the coming year,” Nhamarare said.

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While what you are saying Your Worship makes sense, there is an urgent need to address the issue of outstanding workers' salaries. I don't know how meetings with the residents will help address this malady. The first thing you need to do, Your Worship, is to carry out a 'forensic audit' of everything; from stands allocation, managers' so-called allowances and incentives, to management of council-related businesses (Pungwe and municipal bars). Mutare is number one in terms of cleanliness but it is also number one in terms of corruption. Salaries are being processed based on "kugurira" mashefu something. Mutare City council is being run like a circus. Look at how your managers (sometimes even data capture clerks) are buying new cars and building Borrowdale Brook type of mansions. Where are they getting the money when everyone else was last paid in April? Wake up Mr Mayor Your Worship Sir and smell the coffee.

Concerned Mutare Resident - 21 November 2013

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