Gweru City Council has maintained fees penalties for constructing buildings without approved plans, as well as occupying undeveloped stands at $100, finance director, Edgar Mwedzi has said.
by Stephen Chadenga
Mwedzi said the $100 fees penalty charged on building offences this year would be maintained next year.
“For construction without approved plans and constructing without inspections carried out by council officials the penalty would remain $100,” Mwedzi said at a 2016 budget discussion.
“For those who occupy a building without an occupation certificate or carrying out work in the absence of a temporary toilet, the fine would be $100.”
Mwedzi said spot fines for occupying undeveloped land, as well as gatherings on undesignated land attracted the same penalty of $100.
He said council expected to collect $9m from fees and penalties in 2016 compared to the $7m target for this year.
“We want to make sure that water-tight measures are put in place to improve the revenue collection system and increase our cash flow base,” he said.
Council recently set a $31m budget for 2016, a decrease from this year’s $33m, but reduced water tariffs by 10%.