MUTARE – Mutare City Council is consulting residents on the 2014 budget amid assurances that they will not be any rates increases, according to mayor Tatenda Nhamarare.
“We are doing ward-based consultative meetings for all the 19 wards of the city as we seek a new relationship between ratepayers and council,” Nhamarare told the Daily News.
“In our proposed budget, we are however not going to increase any of our rates.”
The multi-stakeholder budget consultative process started on Monday and will end early next week, Nhamarare said.
The mayor said his council will seek to work closely with residents “unlike in previous years when council was not consulting widely”.
He said key in their plans was to settle workers’ outstanding salaries which he hoped the consultative meetings may help address.
Council was in 2013 working with a budget of $15,3 million.
By September, council’s projected revenue collection was short of 29 percent.
“Judging by council performance in revenue collection between January and September, we are unlikely to meet our projected targets but we hope all this will change in the coming year,” Nhamarare said.