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RETHINKING URBAN TAXATION IN HARARE, ZIMBABWE: CASE IN MUNICIPAL GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP

Innocent Chirisa ()
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Innocent Chirisa: University of Zimbabwe, Dept of Rural & Urban Planning

Polish Journal of Management Studies, 2013, vol. 7, issue 1, 221-236

Abstract: Zimbabwe’s urban systems are ‘bleeding’ as explained by the many years of economic instability with Harare being the worst affected city given its primacy. Yet, little effort, if any, has been invested in trying to understand to the extent to which the colonially-set cross-subsidisation systems are still intact in terms of property rating and taxation. This present study examines the leadership role Harare has for setting pace for other cities of which this is a possibility if taxation systems are re-examined, if dead, rejuvenated for sustainable futures. Unless, the leakages are managed, the urban fabric will in the long-run, lead to serious challenges in terms of service delivery in the light of urban fiscal policy. Noted in the study are the discrepancies in charging and billing according to income grouping, activities individuals and private corporate entities use. Drawing from narratives from key urban management stakeholders (council officials and other relevant stakeholders), the study, presents these observations. The paper proposes a governance framework in which stakeholder interact to find working solutions to finance city growth through an effective taxation policy

Keywords: cross-subsidy; colonialism; cityscape; poverty; billing; property tax; governance. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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