By Staff Reporter
Marondera Municipality has with immediate effect started accepting payments in United States dollars from ratepayers following Government’s approval of its ZWL$1 billion 2021 budget.
The Municipality will use the weekly auction rates issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) to convert payments.
This is contained in a memo written by Marondera Municipality Acting Town Clerk, Rinashe Nyamuzihwa.
The memo dated 18 January 2021 stated that ratepayers can choose which payment option they prefer to use.
“We are now accepting payment in forex (USD) in line with SI 185 2020.
“This means that all clients and ratepayers now have an option to make their payments either in Zimbabwean Dollar or United States Dollar”.
“All tariffs are based on approved 2021 budget effective 1 January 2021,” further states the memo.
Budget hiked by 673 percent
The Marondera Municipality 2021 budget is however 673 percent higher than last year’s, a development Nyamuzihwa said will see service delivery improving remarkably in the town this year.
“We are committed to make Marondera a town of excellence with reliable and consistent service delivery and we are doing our best under the prevailing economic situation.
“Unstable foreign currency rates that were the order of the day in months gone by as well as unstable prices of fuel and other essential services used to impact negatively on our operations.
“However, we have been trying our best to improve since the stabilisation of the exchange rate through the auction system,” Nyamuzihwa said in an interview.
He added that last year council’s revenue was negatively affected by the lockdown as it went down by more than 50 percent mainly because people were restricted from travelling while others had their income streams closed.
John Kachingwe, the Marondera Municipality Finance Director also hailed the new budget structure.
“Our 2021 budget was approved by our parent Ministry and we are very confident of starting the new year on a positive note.
“We will fulfil all that which we proposed in the budget and if residents and ratepayers play their part as well, Marondera is poised for massive growth,” Kachingwe said.