CoW and KRC still discussing budget

13 Jul 2013 04:40
WINDHOEK, 13 JUL (NAMPA) ? Representatives of the Khomas Regional Council (KRC) and the City of Windhoek (CoW) met here on Friday in attempt to reach an agreement on the CoW?s 2013/2014 budget.
Khomas Regional Council Chairperson Zulu Shitongeni confirmed to Nampa on Friday that a meeting took place between the two parties.
?We have not finished our discussions yet. We are busy with consultations and compromising on the increments indicated in the budget,? he said.
Shitogeni said talks will continue on Monday and Tuesday.
The Regional Council recalled the CoW budget on Monday, saying the City of Windhoek gave short notice about presenting its budget to the KRC after they had already approved it.
The KRC Chairperson called the budget illegal, saying proper procedures were not followed as is required in the Local Authority Act (No.23 of 1992) Section 83, Sub-Section 1.
The Act states that ?every management committee and every village council shall in each financial year cause to prepare, after consultation with the Regional Council in whose area the local authority in question is situated, a statement of its estimated income and expenditure for the following financial year.?
The CoW budget includes increased tariffs, which became effective on 01 July, such as a 15 per cent increase on the sewerage tariff, basic water tariff, water consumption tariff, property tax tariff, household refuse removal tariff and an 8 per cent increase on electricity tariffs, as approved by the Electricity Control Board (ECB).