Permanent Secretary for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Harare Metropolitan Province, Mr Tafadzwa Muguti has implored local authorities to come up with measures that improves revenue collection.
He said this while officially commissioning service delivery vehicles at the Council’s head office bought using devolution funds.
Mr Muguti said local authorities should desist from depending on devolution funds to fund their developmental projects, but to be innovative.
“Residents must support the local authorities in their quest to improve service delivery by paying rates and levies on time to ensure the smooth running of council operations,” said Mr Muguti.
“The municipality must aim to enhance revenue collection and provide services timeously and diligently to encourage residents to pay rates and other levies.
“Similarly, residents, as a critical stakeholder must support the local authorities in their quest to improve service delivery by paying rates and levies on time to ensure the smooth running of council operations.”
He said transparency pays a pivotal role on issues relating to service delivery.
“I will reiterate that whilst the judicious use of devolution funds is important, it is even more important for the municipality to develop effective strategies to improve revenue collection.
“The residents are the ‘owners’ of devolution funds since the funds are raised through taxes and all programs that are to be funded using these funds must have the input of communities,” he said.
Chitungwiza Municipality proposed a Zwl 3,8 billion budget for this year up from Zwl 2,4 billion last year and has introduced quite a number of measures to boost its revenue collection.
Last year, the budget perfomance was at 27 percent as a result of non-implementation of budgeted activities like the regularisation of informal settlements.
The finance department also faced mobility challenges to pursue debtors through its debt management section.