DBKL announces RM2.6bil budget for 2023

Photo: LOW BOON TAT/The Star

THE Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has unveiled its 2023 budget totalling RM2.604bil - a 3.7% decrease from the amount for last year.

From that figure, about 75% of the allocation (or RM1.96bil) was meant for management purposes, while the balance of RM643.7mil was for city development.

Announcing the budget on Wednesday (Jan 4), mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah said the management part of the budget comprised five areas.

These were service and supply (RM1.277bil), overtime payments (RM64.6mil), workers’ salary (RM497.7mil), fixed payments (RM99.2mil) and miscellaneous (RM21.7mil).

“Out of these, the allocations for workers’ salary, service and fixed payments have increased by 2.1%, 0.2% and 6%, respectively, from 2022.

“Meanwhile, the budget for overtime payments and miscellaneous spending have gone down by 1.3% and 1%, respectively,” he said during a press conference at Menara DBKL 1 in Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (Jan 4).

As for the development budget, Mahadi said this comprised DBKL funding worth RM540.7mil and grants from the Federal Government valued at RM103mil.

“The RM103mil allocation is to fund development projects under the 11th Malaysia Plan and the NKEA Greater Kuala Lumpur programme,” he added.

In terms of projected revenue, the mayor said DBKL expected a 9.4% decrease, from RM2.298bil in 2022 to RM2.082bil this year.

“Contributing to this decrease is the reduction in collection of development control and planning fees from RM433.5mil in 2022 to RM224.3mil this year.

“However, our main income stream, namely the assessment fee collection, is expected to increase by 0.7% to RM1.37bil,” he noted.

On hawker management, DBKL planned to spend RM54.3mil to cover maintenance and upgrades of commercial centres and public markets.

Several venues such as the Genting Klang bazaria, Chow Kit market, Pekan Sungai Besi, Keramat Mall, and UTC Sentul were identified for this purpose.

Some RM266.4mil was also allocated for road upgrades and traffic management, which include road widening projects and building new connecting roads.

The mayor also noted that some RM67.8mil was set aside for flood mitigation projects in the capital, adding that DBKL would apply for a RM500mil additional allocation from the Federal Government for this purpose.

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