Chikomba RDC budget process warped-Residents Association

Moses Madyira
CHIVHU – Chikomba Rural District Council (RDC) will start its budget consultations on Monday next week.
Chikomba RDC Chairman, Councillor Israel Dhikinya confirmed the development in an interview with The Mirror.
Chivhu Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Collen Zvarevashe however, complained against the local authority’s budget making process which he described as warped.
He said that the RDC has already advertised its 2022 rates in The Herald without first formulating the budget with residents.
“I have seen an advert of the 2022 rates in The Herald. I don’t understand how and where the local authority got the figures if they haven’t formulated the budget with stakeholders.
“If they don’t know what they are doing then they must check with other local authorities. I challenge them to go back to the Act and see if they have not violated the procedure,” said Zvarevashe.
However, The consultations are starting in all wards after the lift on Covid restrictions, said Dhikinya.
The local authority’s budget for 2021 is RTGS$501 367 272 and so far it has raised RTGS$ 238 248 109 in revenue. The performance for this year is 73%
Dhikinya said that the performance was affected by covid-19 restrictions.

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