HCC's discount speeds up debt reduction

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) collected a record $17 million in September, a feat it has not achieved in the past four years.

According to HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme, the city’s revenue collection was now targeting to collect between $20 and $22 million in October.

Harare has been collecting between $10 and $12 million from potential monthly collections of $22 million.

“The bulk of the money will be channelled towards service delivery, especially roads,” Chideme said.

He attributed the increased revenue collection to the 90-day discount grace period and the revenue collection vehicles which were deployed to various districts to follow up on debtors.

The city spokesperson also notified residents that council would resort to using debt collectors for defaulting residents after the 90-day grace period ends.

“Once the October 23 deadline lapses, the city will engage debt collectors to recover arrears. Customers who took advantage to pay their bills have been credited with the discount as promised,” he said.

Currently the city is owed $800 million by government, businesses and residents.

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