VICTORIA Falls Town Council has imposed a $20 charge per premise to raise funds to purchase a refuse collection truck.
Victoria Falls mayor Sifiso Mpofu confirmed the move and said the charge would be spread over five months and not a once-off payment.
The council has shrugged off protestations by disgruntled residents to drop the charge, saying they were not consulted.
“I am aware of the meeting held on Friday over the issue between residents and council officials. The Victoria Falls Residents’ Association and the council called for a meeting to address the residents about the $20 refuse truck charge and agreed on how to break down the payment,” Mpofu said.
Victoria Falls Combined Residents’ Association chairperson Morgan Gaza said there was a reached agreement for residents to pay the $20 over five months.
“We have come up with a payment plan that all residents are going to pay $4 per month over a period of five months as most of the residents were not content with paying $20 in one month,” Gaza said. Council has constantly locked horns with residents over the non-collection of refuse. In a related development, Gweru residents last month rejected plans by the local authority to impose a $20 water pump fee.