MCC sets aside RM9.67 mln to defray cost of two services

Lawrence Lai

Lawrence Lai

MIRI: Miri City Council (MCC) has set aside RM9.67 million to defray the cost of its two services this year.

Its mayor Lawrence Lai said they were to cover the cost of desludging and subsidising the cost of 120-litre wheeled bins to more than 52,000 houses throughout the city.

“Some 70 per cent of MCC’s revenue comes from assessment rates. Last year, the council successfully collected 98 per cent of the total estimated rates of some RM44 million.

“As a token of appreciation for the ratepayers’ continuous support and cooperation to MCC in paying their assessment rates, the council has set aside some RM9.67 million as incentives as a way of giving back to the ratepayers,” he stated in a press conference yesterday.

On the desludging services, Lai said the council would continue to absorb the service cost at RM177/m3 for all property owners in the city for the fourth consecutive year this year.

This year, he said, the council targeted to cover some 25,000m3 for desludging services which involve cost of RM4.42 million.

As appreciation to the rate payers, he said the council would provide a subsidy of RM50 for the purchase of a 120-litre two-wheeled bin for residential usage.

However, he said applicants have to meet certain terms and conditions to enjoy the subsidy which is valid until end of May this year.

Explaining the terms and conditions, he said a residential house is allowed only one bin, there must be no outstanding assessment rates and payment of assessment rates must be up to date including payment for first half and second half of 2016 before or on May 31 this year.

He said those interested to enjoy the bin subsidy can fill the forms at MCC’s booth during the ‘Sejiwa Senada’ programme from today until January 10 at the council’s field.

He said the registration is vital for the council to assess the people’s response to the bin incentive as the distribution of the bins will be done in stages based on the people’s demand.

During the programme at the field, the council will also open its counter services such as renewal of licences, printing of assessment bills, checking of outstanding parking compounds, ‘talikhidmat’, library new membership, dog licence and request for council city services and maintenance.

In addition to that, he said the council would be offering 50 per cent discount on surcharge fees to rate payers with outstanding assessment rates from Jan 1 until May 31 this year.