MBSJ may use reserve funds

Noraini says MBSJ’s finances are stable despite a significant decline in January 2021’s tax collection rate compared to the same period in previous years.

Subang Jaya City Council’s (MBSJ) assessment tax collection has been at its lowest in recent years.

However, Subang Jaya mayor Noraini Roslan assured that the council had sufficient reserves to keep its operations going.

“MBSJ’s finances are stable despite a significant decline in January 2021’s tax collection rate compared to the same period in previous years.

“The shortfall may have a huge impact on MBSJ’s income this year, but we have sufficient reserves to operate for a few months, ” she said at the city council’s full board meeting.As of Jan 31, the council had collected RM21mil or just 8% of its RM278mil projected revenue for this year.

Its management expenditure was RM12.4mil and development expenditure RM2.3mil, both as of Jan 31.

“We will continue to monitor our revenue collection for February.

“If it continues to decline, we will have to take immediate action such as reducing operating expenses and using council reserves for development works if necessary, ” said Noraini.

The deadline for the first of two assessment tax annual payments is Feb 28 and MBSJ would, in principle, issue notices to those who had not paid by then.

However, Noraini said the council would at the next finance committee meeting review the late payment charges by taking into account the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ratepayers are encouraged to settle their assessment tax on time, using either online or offline payment options such as MBSJ’s website, online banking, e-wallet, e-pay at selected petrol stations and convenience stores, post offices and payment kiosks at MBSJ’s offices.

Meanwhile, Noraini said 21 of MBSJ’s staff had tested positive for Covid-19, with the first case reported on Oct 27 last year and the most recent one on Feb 9.

“There are presently no active cases or employees requiring medical treatment, ” she said.

Those who tested positive were from six departments — corporate, licensing, building, community development, management services and enforcement.

As a precautionary measure, MBSJ held free Covid-19 screening for some 100 of its frontline staff on Feb 10. A similar exercise was done in May last year.

In lieu of organising a Chinese New Year celebration during the movement control order period, MBSJ will be presenting poon choy (festive meal in a pot) to B40 families living within the city council’s administrative area.

“A total of 100 pots of poon choy will be presented to B40 families identified by MBSJ councillors within their respective zones, ”

said MBSJ Corporate and Strategic Management Department

deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid.

The presentation ceremony and distribution is scheduled for today, which is also Chap Goh Meh (15th night of Chinese New Year).

In addition to poon choy valued at RM200 per unit, MBSJ is also giving ang pow of RM68 to each recipient.

“Since it is not advisable to organise large-scale social events during this time, the funds that would have been used for the public celebration at the council will be channelled to buy poon choy for underprivileged families instead, ” said Azfarizal.

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