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Segokgo wants council to expand revenue base.

South East District Council chairperson, Mr Phenyo Segokgo, says the council's contribution to its recurrent budget has been low.

Officially opening a full council session on September 9, Mr Segokgo said as a result, there was an urgent need for the council to find ways of expanding its revenue base and contribute significantly to the development of its people.

In five years, he said, the council's contribution fluctuated between six and 10 per cent of the total district recurrent budget.

"We need to address the issue of own sources of revenue as an matter of urgency as soon as we return from the elections or else our aspirations will not be translated into reality," he said.

Mr Segokgo said the scenario was an indication that the council's ability to provide quality services in the future would be compromised.

In addition, he said government revenue sources were also declining hence the council seeking to enhance its contribution.

The council chairperson stated that his office was in discussion with the physical planning department on how best they could use land and streetlight advertising to generate revenue for the council.

Despite the challenges, the council had a cummulated recurrent budget of P743 million in the past five years against a cumulative expenditure of P709.3 million, while the remaining had been used through the general fund.

"Thus our average expenditure for the last five years was 95 per cent. This is A+ in terms of academic performance," Mr Segokgo said to the applause of the council members.

He said it was praiseworthy that the council had avoided the pitfalls of either over or under expenditure for the period.

However, Mr Segokgo regretted that the council's recurrent budget for the period had not been enough to cater for maintenance needs.

He said due to the backlog, the council buildings such as schools, teacher's houses and staff houses had dilapidated.

As a result, some houses remained vacant because they were not habitable and explained that some council staff bore the brunt of renting private owners accommodation which he said were expensive.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Date:Sep 10, 2019
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