Harare City Council has announced a supplementary budget of RTGS$829,86 million which will largely come from property tax, ZINARA and billboards among other sources with the bulk of the money going towards service delivery.
Presenting the budget Finance and Development Chairperson Councillor Luckson Mukunguma said the budget should not be viewed as an attempt to increase tariffs but an attempt to align to the new economic order.
“The current supplementary budget is not an attempt by Council to increase tariffs, it is rather an attempt to the new economic order given the full implementation of the Transitional Stabilisation Program and the introduction of the local currency as the only legal tender in Zimbabwe.”
He said the budget is results, performance and programme based and skewed towards service delivery.
“It is a budget that places emphasis on measurable results that are based on predetermined projects or programmes and are measured by outputs, outcomes and impacts on the welfare of the residents,” he said.
The bulk of the money is expected to be raised from Property Tax (domestic/industrial/commercial) $ 179.976 million, ZINARA and Billboards $101.155 million, Clamping and Towing $ 9.872 million, Parks and Cemeteries $6.201 million, Harare Water $ 303.285 million budget.
Housing, Leases and Markets architects $13.223 million, Health Fees $14.633 million.
Estates are expected to contribute $ 40. 773 million, Public Safety $14. 542 million, Informal Sector $12.5 million while other sources will contribute $ 0.125 million.
Salaries and allowances will account for $194.131 million while service delivery expenditure will account for $ 635.733 million.
The housing and markets Sector will receive an operating budget of $ 13. 233 million to support repairs to a number of social service centres and council residential properties.
“Your Worship we want to improve the ambience of the City so that when people are walking to work or driving to work, the greenery and the beauty of the City will soothe their minds and souls in spite of the challenges we are facing as the country” said Cllr Kunguma.