BULAWAYO – The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) 2020 $2.8 billion budget has been given the green light by the government and will see residents and businesses paying a whopping 400% more on tariffs.
The statement from the City Fathers reads:
The City of Bulawayo would like to advise members of the public and other stakeholders that the 2020 municipal budget has been approved together with increased tariffs and other service charges (approved 31 January 2020). The new approved charges are effective from 1 February 2020
Customers who made payment arrangements with the City of Bulawayo are encouraged to visit the nearest Revenue Office to update their debt payment arrangement to incorporate the new charges and continue enjoying benefits that go with such arrangements. The opportunity to review your payment arrangements is available up to 31 March 2020,
The city’s Finance and Development Committee chairperson councillor Mlandu Ncube said the approved budget will see rates going up by 416 percent.
Yes, the budget has been approved and tariffs will go up by 416 percent as was proposed by the council,
Town Clerk, Mr Dube said the council had resolved to stick to its 2020 budget.
I don’t see any reason why we should review our budget downwards as proposed by some residents. In fact, if you look at the costs build- ups and the inflation now, costs are going up.