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Pressure Mounts On Vic Falls Council

Pressure is mounting on Victoria Falls Council for a downward review of rates.

Tempers have been high since the beginning of the month when the local authority hiked water bills and rates by an average of 400 percent.

Rate payers have been urging the City Council to rethink the hike while objecting the 2021 budget, but their cries have since been ignored.

Combined Victoria Falls Residents Association leadership engaged council management last week while the tourism business community also met the council on Wednesday over the same issue.

The council was forced to convene a special full council meeting Thursday afternoon.

While the outcome of the meeting has not been made public, a source at the council said no resolution had been made on the issue of ‘exorbitant’ rates.

“The full council was held with eight councillors in attendance. The major item on the agenda was ratepayers concern about water charges which they want reviewed downwards.

“There was no final resolution and the matter will be discussed again,” said the source.

Local Government Minister July Moyo recently urged residents and businesses to pay rates so as to get proper service delivery.

He said government will not reverse budgets that have already been approved and it is up to the local authorities themselves to engage ratepayers. Nhau/Indaba

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