by Harold McGluwa MPL – DA Provincial Chairperson in the Northern Cape
Date: 01 June 2017
Type: Press Statement
The Democratic Alliance in Gamagara rejects the municipal budget tabled in Council yesterday. The budget did not follow the prescribed processes and the proposals will not stimulate economic growth in the municipality.
Our strongest objection is to the proposed tariff increases, which are completely unjustifiable and do not meet the guidelines suggested by National Treasury. The average municipal account will increase by 32%, which is simply unaffordable for the majority of consumers.
Instead of exploring alternative options for revenue generation, the municipality intends to place an unbearable burden on residents.
Three of the municipality’s wards were excluded from the public participation processes, which means that the budget and its proposals did not invite input from all members of the community. Perhaps the strong resistance to the budget proposals from other wards prompted the municipality to take a shortcut on public participation.
Until such time as all wards have been consulted and their comments taken into consideration, we cannot approve the budget.
The agenda was also given to councillors fairly late, resulting in them not being able to prepare or highlight items of interest to look out for.
The Democratic Alliance believes that the budget processes must start from scratch, follow the letter of the law and create proposals that are fair for all.
Harold McGluwa MPL
DA Provincial Chairperson in the Northern Cape
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