Council cuts rates

marondera.jpegMARONDERA - The local authority here has cut service charges by 10 and 20 per cent for residential and business areas respectively.

The move is aimed at easing the burden on rate payers who are failing to meet council service costs. The council with a monthly budget of US$800, is only making US$220 from monthly revenue collection.

As council we hope the reviewed service charges will encourage residents to meet their bill obligations. We realize our clients have no money hence the cutting of rates. Residents must pay the little they can afford as it goes a long way towards financing council projects, said Mayor Farai Nyandoro.

Residents in high density suburbs were paying an average of US$21 per household in monthly bills before the recent 10 per cent cut. They have since hailed the city fathers for sympathizing with the misery of rate payers.

The rates review is welcome but remains beyond the reach of most residents. The council must consider further cuts. Marondera is a farming town and is sustained by cash released by communal farmers and farm workers. The council is failing to pay its workers resulting in insufficient money in circulation, said a senior resident.

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