Residents subsidise City Police operations

February 4, 2015, 9:21am

Residents subsidise City Police operations

WINDHOEK residents must brace themselves for another charge - the security levy - that has been proposed to subsidise the operations of the City Police.
The municipality is proposing that residents should pay N$50 per property a month, while businesses and other properties will pay N$100 per month. There are 38 817 residential properties and 27 807 businesses in Windhoek, which means that the municipality would collect close to N$5 million a month.
Currently, residents are paying for solid waste management, water basic and water consumption, refuse removal, 
property tax, sewarage and electrcity for those who do not use pre-paid power. 
The latest charge will reflect on monthly accounts as security levy. 
During its council meeting on Monday, the municipality said the levy would help it to live up to the commitment of creating a safe environment in a rapidly growing city. 
Information contained in the municipal council meeting indicates that the levy is to fund crime prevention and safety operations. The proposal is awaiting approval from the council before it can be implemented. 
The Windhoek City Police argued that they have played a major role as far as road safety and crime prevention are concerned. The city police claim their service delivery went beyond the expectation of everybody and requests for services by residents have increased drastically. 
“As there was no financial provision made in terms of the Police Act for such additional functions as crime prevention, council has to finance the operations of the Windhoek City Police from its normal sources and this has become a financial burden to the City,” read the council minutes. The council further argued that the introduction of the security levy is therefore long overdue as council can no longer sustain the operational costs of the City Police.
The minutes also noted that should the security levy be implemented, its introduction will reduce the budget deficit.
“It is important to note that the influx of people, as well as the expansion of the City have added an additional risk to life and property as criminals will always try to exploit all possible opportunities to commit their deeds.”
Tuyeimo Haidula The Namibian