The Marondera business community has turned down the reviewed licence fees saying they are still high and there is need for consultations before pegging new tariffs.
Marondera council last week reduced the licence fees by almost 50% after a backlash from the business owners who protested against the high fees.
Council had to hold an emergence meeting at council chambers in a bid to quell the tempers following a licence scandal that saw some shop owners being ordered to pay $118 000.
After the meeting, councillors resolved to deal with the issue after blaming the management officials of inflating the figures.
One of the business community leaders Emmanuel Danha said they are turning down the new reviewed fees as they are still high while demanding a fresh process in the pegging of the tariffs.
“We are not accepting that (reviewed fees). Both the council management and policy makers are up to something. They should do their homework. If we are judging by their so called reviewed fees, it means Marondera is paying higher fees than cities like Harare and Bulawayo.
“Moreover, we demand to see the approved licence fees by government which council did send to the central government in the first place before we convene another meeting to deliberate and resolve this issue,” he said.
On social media platforms, business people blasted council for not being sincere on the issue of licence fees and said they need to conduct fresh consultations on the matter.
“The astronomical licence fees are no good at all. How can council demand $23 000 after slashing the fees in this economy? We have no water, no power and businesses are struggling. There is need to for order at council chambers,” said one of the business people on a whatsap group.
Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murowa was however defiant saying the new licence fees will stand.
“The business people should go and collect their pro-forma invoices at council offices. Some are paying (the new licence fees),” he said.