Increase in municipal tariffs
The prevailing economic circumstances were considered before adjustments were made to municipal fees.
13 May 2019 | Local News
Kleopas Ngwena; management committee; alternate chairperson; . . . the municipal council will be in a better position to generate sufficient revenue to satisfy its operational costs.”
The Swakopmund municipality has increased its tariffs for water, sewerage and refuse removal for the 2019/2020 financial year.
Speaking at the recent budget announcement, the alternate chairperson of the Swakopmund town council’s management committee, Kleopas Ngwena, said that council took the current prevailing economic circumstances into account when they increased the tariffs.
“Our final budget addresses operational and infrastructural needs to maintain appropriate municipal service levels required by our community,” said Ngwena.
Assessment rates increased by 8%, water (staggered) by 8%, special water tariffs for smallholdings (agricultural) by 8%, sewerage by 8% and refuse removal by 7%.
“Council’s operational budget reflects a surplus of N$330 630 and it is anticipated that with noticeable growth of Swakopmund the municipal council will be in a better position to generate sufficient revenue to satisfy its operational costs,” he said.
The municipal council approved the budget submitted with several recommendations. These include that the capital budget of N$237 million be approved; the basic water tariff be increased from N$101.15 to N$125.70; the basic tariffs for Swakopmund’s senior citizens not be increased; and that council’s general managers and managers verify availability of funds prior to commencing approved and planned projects.
The municipal council has undertaken to closely monitor 2019/2020 financial transactions to ensure that the municipality can sustain the desired levels of service, while moving forward with current developments to ensure growth and prosperity during this financial year.