Kunduz municipality's revenue increases
Last year's income of the municipality stood at 26 million afs, Kunduz Mayor Najibullah Omarkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News. He linked the increase to rising market rent, municipality-owned property and levy of "cleanliness tax" on shops.
Forty-five percent of the income was paid to workers in salaries, with 55 percent going to development schemes, the mayor said.
However, residents of Kunduz City, the provincial capital, are unhappy with the municipality's performance, saying many parts of the city are still littered with garbage.
A shopkeeper, Abdul Baqi, said he paid 50 afs a month to the municipality for keeping the city clean, but the department has failed to remove filth on time.
"We have no problem in paying taxes, but we are concerned about stinking garbage thrown into drains, a breeding ground for mosquitoes which spread diseases," he said.
Another resident of the city, Noorullah, said the municipality alone could not keep the city clean without the cooperation of shopkeepers and people.
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