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Omaruru Municipality proposes five per cent tariff increase

OMARURU, 18 MAY (NAMPA) – The Omaruru Municipality has proposed a tariff increase of five per cent for its services in an effort to raise funds for municipality projects that need to be completed.
Assessment rates for properties, business registration, water services, cemetery services, hiring of machinery, use of sport and recreational facilities, space rental for hawkers, refuse removal, urban planning and property management are but some of the services that will be affected by the increase in the 2017/18 financial year.
An increase of 50-80 per cent has been proposed for the rental of municipal buildings by ministries.
The council has also introduced a new category outlining sale prices for various types of land both in the centre of town and the Ozondje residential area.
These prices are expected to set a benchmark for land prices as council depends on highly disputed property valuation rolls and council’s own discretion when attaching value to land they want to sell.
During a community meeting on Sunday, Omaruru Mayor Hendrina Gebhardt said the council is also preparing to operate with less funding from central government as government cuts down on spending.
“The drought that caused a severe water crisis last year cost the municipality a lot as most projects had to be put on hold while the council used the funds on alternative water supply sources,” Gebhardt said while motivating the proposed increases.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of the municipality, Elifas Amunyela, who is also the finance manager, shot down requests from the community for a three per cent increase citing dire financial constraints the municipality finds itself in.
Some of the incomplete capital projects include the interlocking of sidewalks on both sides of the road from Agra at the southern entrance to the town up to the Shell Service Station at the opposite end of the town.
Servicing of Oruue, Sonskyn, Hakahana and 7de Laan, all recently formalised settlements which are currently in various phases of receiving sewer reticulation and pre-paid water and electricity will also require council funding during this financial year.

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