The 2013 balanced budget has a significant drop of $6.4m compared to last year’s budget of $30.1m.
Mayor Andrew Mua said the council’s 2013 budget is a tight one because he wants to see council operate within its means.
“We want to ensure we operate within our means and not to budget for what we cannot afford. Under my leadership, we want to operate with a reflective budget of what council is capable of. However if we identify a need for more funds, there is room for a $1m contingency where we can tap into,” Mr Mua said.
However he said the significant drop in the budget was also due to assistance from donor projects Like the Rapid Employment Scheme that saves council some money for other basic and priority areas of service deliveries.
The works department of council topped the budget list with over $5m in spending.
The Mayor said the council needs to invest more on its capital infrastructure to provide essential services such as refuse collection in the city, improvement of its clinic infrastructures and improvement of its markets.
Other council departments have their budgets just over the $1m mark.
Meanwhile the budget will be given to the ministry of home affairs for final endorsement before it becomes operational.
By Daniel Namosuaia
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