Haswell clarifies fuel tax statement

2009-09-17 00:00

MSUNDUZI municipal manager Rob Haswell is not calling for a new fuel tax to fund municipal services. His call is for funds from the existing levies to be passed down to municipalities where they are accrued.

Haswell clarified his position yesterday, after a submission he made to the National Council of Provinces last week was taken as a call for an additional levy. His viewpoint is set out in a paper that has been published.

He wrote: “Why shouldn’t the VAT, the fuel sales, the income tax etc. generated in their municipal area accrue to municipalities, rather than fund spheres of government and parastatals, which may be necessary, but are certainly not critical to the alleviation of poverty and job creation at an all important local level?”

Haswell was irritated that his position was misunderstood. He said his submission is in the context of the debate on improving municipal efficiency in the face of huge challenges of poverty and unemployment.

eThekwini municipal manager Mike Sutcliffe sees fuel levy funding being shared with municipalities as one way of improving the road infrastructure.

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