Marondera Rural District Council has proposed a US$500 000 supplementary budget following the pronouncement by the Finance Ministry of giving back to local authorities the responsibility of collecting rentals and land development levies from A1 and A2 farmers.

The rural local authority which recently approved a $1.4 million budget for 2018 which was adopted by the full council in November convened a special full council meeting to approve the supplementary budget.

Presenting the budget statement during a full council meeting in Marondera this Tuesday, the finance committee chairman Councillor Tonderayi Kwaramba applauded the decision by government to give back local authorities the responsibility   of collecting the revenue and vowed to improve on service delivery.

Zimbabwe Association of Rural District Councils vice president Councillor Patrick Chidakwa, who is also Marondera RDC chairman, and Marondera RDC chief executive officer Mr Tinofara Gundo welcomed the decision as it was one of their major sources of revenue.

The government recently withdrew the decision which allowed the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement to collect rentals and land development levies from A1 and A2 farmers, giving the responsibility back to rural local authorities. 

This new policy directive will be commence beginning next year.

In 2015, the previous administration gave the green light for the lands ministry to take over the collection of land rentals and unit tax from all A1 and A2 farmers, a position which was reversed by Finance and Economic Planning Minister Cde Patrick Chinamasa during the 2018 budget presentation.