Walvis council tables N$616 million budget
No tariff increases
01 June 2021 | Local News
Leroy Victor; Chairperson; “We will continue to engage in land delivery projects…”
The Walvis Bay council tabled its budget on Monday evening, where management committee chairperson Leroy Victor announced capital projects to the tune of N$616 million that will be executed over two years as from 1 July 2021.
This amount is N$4 million less than that budgeted for the previous financial year, which amounted to N$620 million.
“N$303 million will be spent during 2021/2022 and the remaining N$313 million during 2022/2023 and beyond,” Victor said.
Land development projects received the biggest allocation with N$38 million for the development of Farm 37.
The number of erven to be yielded at Farm 37 will be determined after the realization of bulk services.
N$14 million will be used for the development of erf 8635 Kuisebmond, which is expected to yield 200 low-income residential erven; N$29 million has been budgeted for the development of Extension 8 in Narraville, which is expected to yield about 185 residential erven; and the remaining N$41 million will be divided into finalization and establishment of new extensions.
“We will continue to engage in land delivery projects,” Victor said.
N$475 million was budgeted in 2021/2022 for land development projects of which N$147 million was for the development of Farm 37 and N$125 million was set aside for the finalization and the establishment of new extensions.
N$57 million (increased from N$44 million in the previous budget) was allocated to service delivery-rated projects.
“This will include the implementation, upgrading and replacement of water and sewer infrastructure, planning, and the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. In terms of infrastructure repair and replacement, N$38 million was allocated for tarring, resealing and rebuilding of streets and intersections.”
Social projects received N$64 million which will go towards the Tutaleni Fire station and the upgrading of Ekutu stalls, in comparison to N$37 million in the previous budget.
N$19 million has been allocated for vehicle replacements and additions (up from N$16 million): N$10 million for the replacement of vehicles and N$9 million for acquisition.
The highest single vehicle related cost goes to jetting and vacuuming of the sewerage truck (N$4.5 million), followed by N$2.5 million for the compacter truck, and N$2 million for the role back recovery truck.
“The total amount of traffic-related vehicles includes N$3.2 million which is fully funded by Road Fund Administration,” Victor explained.
Expected revenue for the new financial year is estimated at N$759 million (up from N$620 million in the previous budget), while expected expenditure has been recorded at N$759 million.
An estimated 52% (down from 66% in the previous budget) of total estimated revenue is obtained from water and related services, property rates and taxes, refuse removal and sanitation services.
“No tariff adjustments on these items have been proposed for two consecutive financial years even though we expect increases from the bulk service provider.”
Victor indicated that items which emanated from the public meetings include a new vending area in Narraville, an old age home for Narraville, development of youth centres in Kuisebmond, Narraville and Walvis Bay, the hostel re-development, a new road link to Kabeljou Street and a traffic circle in Meersig.
“Starting up capital amounts have been budgeted for each of these items.”
Walvis Bay mayor Trevino Forbes said that the new budget demonstrates council’s will to sustain and improve service delivery to residents.
“Considering the total outstanding services debt of N$293 million, I’d like to encourage residents to keep on paying their utility services. I urge them to make use of the amnesty interest period that is applicable until the end of December.”
Forbes said that based on the outcome and resident’s recommendations, council is in a better position to plan for projects in the next financial year and beyond.
A recommendation was tabled that for the next four years, the formulation of the capital and operating budgets as well as tariffs be started no later than 1 February each year, shortly after the tabling of the budget.
The recommendation calls for public meetings to be held well in advance and that all councillors and residents be consulted for their input before budgets are presented to the management committee for the compilation of estimates.