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Call for fees increase

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, January 12, 2013

FEES and charges levied by municipal councils fail to realistically meet the cost of services being provided to ratepayers in the country.

This was highlighted by Nausori Town Council chief executive officer Azam Khan at the fourth quarter Local Government consultative forum which began in Lautoka on Wednesday.

Mr Khan said adjustments were made over the years — taking into consideration inflation and other costs in favour of ratepayers which brought new challenges to municipal councils.

"Most municipal councils are finding it tough to meet the costs of basic services and there is an urgent need to look at the fees and charges structure to ensure that councils are able to sustainably provide services," Mr Khan said.

"When you combine this issue with the difficulties many councils face in collecting rates, the problem is compounded even further."

Maraia Ubitau from the ministry said the issue was noted and would be discussed by a working committee.

"This issue was raised by all municipalities and it is something that we will look at very seriously," she said.