Council demands rates payment

Zvimba Rural District council in Mashonaland West province is now demanding rates payments in the form of livestock and grain in a bid to recover large debts owed by ratepayers.

According to a public notice at the council’s offices at Murombedzi growth point, all rate payers are being advised to pay rates to the council using grain or livestock.

“All rate payers are being advised that payment of rates to council can now be done using maize or livestock. All rate payers who are willing should consult their respective councillor for more information,” reads part of the notice.

Farmers, who are the bulk of the council’s rate payers, last week confirmed the barter trade.

“Council has advised us to pay our outstanding rates in the form of livestock or maize, soybeans and cotton. The council is saying they will convert the items into cash equivalent to what the ratepayers owe the local authority,” said William Mbiriri, a farmer in Musengezi area.

The developments at ZRDC follow moves by Hurungwe Rural District Council to auction vehicles in order to raise cash.

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