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Chitungwiza to increase rates by 155%

By Takunda Mandura

Chitungwiza Municipality is set to effect a 155% increase which will see the rates card moving from the current RTGS $24.14 to about RTGS$61.55.

The move has been attributed to inflation and the continued devaluation of the local RTGS currency as compared to the US Dollar which has been in use since February 2009.

Speaking to residents who attended the council’s supplementary budget consultations at Zengeza 2 Shopping Centre, council official Tendai Chigaga said the previous budget had been eroded by changes in the economy.

“As you know we had planned our budget at $52 million and as we know that during the beginning of this year, we were using United States dollars then it changed to RTGS dollars.

“The change of the economic environment from US Dollar to RTGS when we look at the budget, we no longer have a budget due to the inflation and that is why we have approached you to map a way forward pertaining the 2019 budget which has lapsed,” he added.-

A breakdown of the budget shows

Current Rate Card rates Increased by 75% Increased by 155%
Development Levy 0.28 0.49 0.71
Refuse Residential 4.65 8.14 11.86
Sewer Charges 7.60 13.3 19.38
Insurance 0.28 0.49 0.71
Supplementary Charges 5.18 9.07 13.21
Admin Charges 0.84 1.47 2.14
Fixed Fire 0.28 0.49 0.71
Public Lighting 1.00 1.75 2.55
Fixed Water 3.53 6.18 9.00
Roads Levy 0.50 0.88 1.28
Total 24.14 42.25 61.55

 

Some of the residents were not happy with the increases arguing that the government has not yet increased their pensions or salaries for current workers and that they are surviving on an extremely low budget.

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