Marondera Rural District Council operations have been crippled by a ZWL$50 million owed by debtors.
According to the RDC, peri-urban residents are the major debtors followed by farmers and businesses.
The rural authority, serving Marondera East and West, is owed $18.2 million by peri-urban residents.
Farmers owe ZWL$17.2 million while general stand owners owe it ZWL$7.9 million.
Marondera RDC said it is struggling to meet basic service delivery due to this.
Chief Executive Officer Tichafara Gundo has since urged debtors to pay-up.
“Our stakeholders should realise that if they do not pay for services council will not progress.
“All in all we are owed ZWL$50 060 195 in rates.
“However, as part of our efforts to recover what we are owed we have put in place a debt recovery plan.”
Tapiwa Chengeta, the Marondera Residents Open Forum chairperson, said council is too reliant on residents.
Chengeta said these people had been affected negatively by Covid-19.
“We have noticed that council’s source of income is mainly from farmers and peri-urban residents.
“(These people) earn their money through farming.
“(However) due to the lockdown induced by Covid-19 some of farmers failed to deliver their produce to markets,” he said.
Various other councils across the country are facing the same plight.
The poor macro-economic environment has led to poor revenue collection percentages for most councils.
This has severely impacted service delivery.