MBSJ aims to make up for RM30mil shortfall

Rubbish collection is one of the basic services provided by the Subang Jaya City Council.

SUBANG Jaya City Council’s (MBSJ) hopes to recoup over RM30mil in revenue that it lost over the past three years.

“The city council’s projected revenue was RM292mil for 2019. That figure went down to RM270mil in 2020 and RM260mil in 2021.

“There is a shortage of RM30mil in revenue when comparing 2021 to 2019,” said Subang Jaya deputy mayor Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali.

“We observed that there had been a significant decrease in assessment collection, although there was a slight increase in licence payments.

“We understand that maybe because of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are unable to pay their assessment,” he said.

As such, Zulkurnain said MBSJ had to work hard to restore people’s confidence so the city council could at least achieve the RM292mil in projected revenue set three years ago.

“MBSJ needs the income so that the city council can continue to carry out basic services such as road and drain maintenance and rubbish collection.

“The RM30mil drop in revenue is a significant amount and makes a difference in enabling the council to fulfil its services.

“We also welcome suggestions from councillors on how to restore people’s confidence to pay their assessment taxes and suggest new ways to earn revenue,” he said when chairing MBSJ’s hybrid full board meeting yesterday.

Councillors were also updated on two circulars issued by the Selangor state secretary on two new guidelines for statewide implementation.

One was on online business registration and licensing in Selangor, while the other was on licensing of esports premises in the state.

Councillors later agreed to accept the guidelines, after they were informed that both papers had been discussed at length and refined by the relevant departments.

On the dengue situation, Zulkurnain said a total of 148 dengue cases had been reported in areas under MBSJ’s administration as of Jan 22.

“There are two dengue hotspots at the moment: Pangsapuri Angsana USJ 1 and USJ 11/1.

“To date, 25 dengue cases were reported at Pangsapuri Angsana USJ within 48 days and 10 cases at USJ 11/1 within 33 days,” he added.

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