The Marondera business community has rejected the slashed licence fees saying they are still too high given the current harsh economic conditions before ordering council officials to go back to the drawing board and come up with affordable licence fees.
This is the second time the business community has clashed with council management over the licence fees following another meeting last month.
The Municipality of Marondera then slashed the licence fees by 50% but the ratepayers could take none of it saying they are still high.
Chaos reigned supreme during the recent meeting held at Mbuya Nehanda Hall as the business people accused council of not taking into consideration the plight of their businesses in relation to the current economic meltdown.
Despite efforts by Mayor Chengetai Murowa and acting Town Clerk Rinashe Nyamuzihwa to persuade the business people to accept the slashed fees, it was a futile exercise as ratepayers who came to the meeting in their numbers demanded ‘affordable and sustainable’ licence fees.
“We ask council to do a proper research and learn from other towns and cities on how they are pegging the licence fees.
“There is need for a proper structure. For example, I own a service station but we are being ordered to pay fees that are way too high than a service station in Chisipite in Harare,” said a fuel garage owner at the meeting.
Murowa however said they were going back and would further review the tariffs before calling for another meeting.
“We have all heard your concerns and demands.
“As a listening council, we are going back and see how best we can deal with this issue. We will call for another meeting and update you on the latest reviews,” he said.