Big things are being planned for Petaling Jaya in the coming year as its city council (MBPJ) recently revealed that it will increase its development expenditure by 128 per cent in 2017.
According to PJ mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain, MBPJ has allocated RM139.89 million for development activity in the city under the 2017 budget. This is a big jump from the RM61.34 million that was allocated this year.
The news is expected to be officially announced on the council’s website sometime next month.
Mohd Azizi said the move was in line with the Selangor state government’s plan to reduce the burden of the people by focusing on infrastructure and enhancement developments that would benefit them.
He said the priority would be the upgrading of public facilities (RM48.96 million), landscape and recreational facilities (RM34.61million), and improving cleaning and health services (RM74.13 million).
The council will also spend RM5.9 million on improving safety and social components within the city. These include upgrading two or three community halls and designated public parks under each state constituency in Petaling Jaya.
Under the infrastructure facilities fund, RM16.17 million will be spent on the maintenance of drainage to shore up PJ’s flood management.
Mohd Azizi pointed out that next year’s budget would have a deficit of RM84.4 million – also higher than the previous year – and the council will tap into its reserves to cover the defecit, using no more than the RM200 million nett reserves it has.
The mayor also assured the public that its 2017 plans will not impact the current assessment rate, which will remain the same as this year.
On concerns about inadequate funds allocated for vital services such as solid waste management and disposal charges, Mohd Azizi said such services were placed under a different classification and he assured that the impact would remain the same.
“Our budget can be adjusted based on necessity,” he said.
“We are estimating RM395.09 million in terms of revenue, while RM339.6 million has been set aside for management expenditure,” he added.
Mohd Azizi also suggested that MBPJ could increase its non-tax revenue by stepping up its enforcement and legal action against offenders who repeatedly damage council property, flout traffic rules and throw rubbish illegally.
MBPJ’s 2017 budget was presented and approved at a special meeting on Oct 5.
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