Gweru maintains static budget in US$ terms
GWERU –Gweru City Council is maintaining a static budget for 2023 in US$ terms in a bid to curb inflation, the local authority’s public relations officer Vimbai Chingwaramusee has said.
Chingwaramusee said that the budget is a result of successful consultations that the council conducted in all its 18 wards. The process saw residents, informal traders, business community, non-profit making organisations and churches being consulted, she added.
The draft budget has since been forwarded to the Minister of Local Government and Public Works for approval.
“The Gweru City Council has proposed a static budget because we are just maintaining the US$46 million to curb inflation. This is the same budget figure which was submitted for approval in November 2021 when council proposed a ZWL$4.9 billion budget for 2022,” she said.
Some of the highlights of the budget are that burial costs at Mtapa and Senga cemeteries cost US$50 for an adult grave and US$30 for a child. Cremation is pegged at US$100.
An adult outsider’s grave will cost US$100 while that of a child will cost US$40 at the two cemeteries. Cremation for an outsider will cost US$200.
Music promoters will pay US$800 to use council halls while construction of a structure without council approval in low, high density and industrial areas will attract a penalty of US$135.