Chiredzi Town Council secretary, Charles Mushatukwa has said council is giving residents and ratepayers a 50 percent discount on all their arrears to incentivise debt clearance.
The offer, which means one will need to pay only half of what he owes to council, is valid from 06 December 2018 - 06 January 2019.
Muchatukwa said Chiredzi Town Council is owed around $10 million in unpaid rates, and the latest measure is meant to help residents clear their debts and start afresh.
He also said it was a way of thanking residents for supporting the local authority throughout the difficult year.
“We have resolved to give our debtors a 50 percent relief this festive season. We are not just slashing the debt but the debtor should first pay half in order for us to slash another half.
“We are also not forgetting our regular paying up residents; we have a bonus for them but they should contact our management to get the details of the bonus,” said Muchatukwa.
Chiredzi Town Council chairperson, Gibson Hwende said council was only collecting 30 percent of its targeted revenue.
“It is worrisome that we are collecting 30 percent of our targeted revenue and that explains why we are failing to operate efficiently. This is a clear indication that residents are struggling to settle their bills so we have come up with the generous discount,” said Hwende.