Bulawayo Unveils $24b 2022 Budget

By Bulawayo Correspondent

BULAWAYO residents should brace up for astronomic rates and tariffs increase following the unveiling of over $24 billion budget by the Bulawayo City council.

The 2022 proposed budget was unveiled at a women’s budget consultation meeting at Large City Hall Wednesday.

An official from the council’s finance department Thandekile Mlilo told the participants that the proposed amount was arrived at after considerations of the economic situation and the rapid price increases of various resources needed by the council in providing its services.

“The proposed budget for 2022 is $24 741 154 503 which comprises a review budget of $16 834 864 215 and a capital budget of $7 906 290 288,” she said.

“Residents in Ward 1 will pay an estimated $12 146.94 per month, Ward 2 $5 806.08, Wards 3 and 5 $8 025.92, Ward 4 $10 878.46, Ward 6 $7 391.68, 7 $3 451.22 and Wards 8,10,11,12,14,16,22,23,24,25,26 and 27 will pay $3 578.99.”

However, the residents rejected the proposed budget arguing utility bills were exorbitant.

Pumula resident Mike Ndlovu said the local council was being insensitive to the plight of its economic hard-pressed residents by coming up with the budget.

“We cannot accept this proposed budget. As we speak, the residents are struggling to pay their current bills. Now to increase the bills again is a serious challenge,” said Ndlovu.

Another resident also accused the local authority of short-changing residents.

“What the residents are paying should match with services which they are receiving from the local council.  Refuse is not being collected in some areas and other areas do not even have water yet the council wants to increase the tariffs. Surely, this is unfair,” said the resident.

Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) gender officer Abigirl Siziba urged the local authority to engage residents at the ward level and clarify the proposed budget.

this article first appeared on https://www.newzimbabwe.com/bulawayo-unveils-24b-2022-budget/
Author:New Zimbabwe

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