Blantyre City Council (BCC) has collected K57.37 million out of the planned K356.7 million, which is about 16 percent of its expected collections for this year.
In a presentation during the city’s participatory budget meeting with its residents on Thursday, BCC director of finance Michael Kasamba said the city planned to collect about K356.7 million during the 2012/13 financial year, but from July 2012 to January 2013, it has only collected K57.37 million.
Speaking in an interview after the budget meeting, BCC chief executive office Ted Nandolo said most of the city’s residents were not paying some of the city’s taxes.
“People should realise that these are taxes for the city and for the city to develop and provide its services it needs such revenue.
“We are aware of a number of problems that have so far contributed to this, among others lack of enough pay points in the city and poor procedures in the collection of the revenues,” said Nandolo.
Nandolo added that the city has arranged with FMB to be collecting city rates on their behalf and that nobody from BCC is supposed to receive any city rates.