Revenue of Balkh municipality increased to 300m afghanis
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Northern Balkh province collected 300 million afghanis ($6.65 million) in revenue in the first 11 months of the Afghan financial year, nearly double the amount it collected in the same period last year, an official said.
Last year the municipality received 172 million afghanis in revenue.
Most of the revenue was from the municipality’s urban services, tax from market traders and rent from municipality buildings, Balkh Mayor Mohammad Younus Moqim, said.
He said the municipality paid 15 million afghanis this year to clean the provincial capital, compared to 2 million afghanis last year. However, shopkeepers in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, have complained about the dirtiness of the city.
"The Aria Market, which is run by the municipality, has not been cleaned for a long time, but when it’s time to collect taxes, municipality officials are here immediately," Subhanallah, a shopkeeper in the market, said.
He said there were other markets that were equally suffering from an accumulation of rubbish.
Moqim said they were making their best efforts, but there was a lack of adequate workers and equipment. He said the municipality would purchase new equipment in the next Afghan year, which starts on March 21.
He predicted the municipality’s revenue would increase to about 500 million afghanis next year.
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