The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) is owed a whooping $72 million in unpaid rates by residents, leading to poor service delivery.
Acting finance director Kempton Ndimande said the council was owed $72 751 813, 33 with government departments owing $6 987 116, 18.
Domestic debtors owed council $33 222 516, 09 while industrial and commercial debtors owed $32 542 180, 56.
The Ministry of Home Affairs topped the list with an outstanding debt of $2 261 464, 50 while the Ministry of Finance was at the bottom on $475, 89 debt.
According to latest council minutes, the BCC and the Bulawayo Central Police Station are locked in a bitter wrangle over a $184 debt the police station was expected to pay for firefighting services that were rendered by council recently following a fire outbreak at the station.
The police reportedly wrote to council highlighting their inability to pay the amount claiming that as a government department, they were not expected to pay for such services.
A few months months ago, the council disconnected water supplies to ratepayers in an effort to force them to settle their bills.
Ironically, the council owes $2, 7 million to the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority $2,7m in public lighting and water pumping tariffs.