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Municipalities remain JD320m in debt despite ‘sufficient income’

Tawfiq Krishan
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AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Krishan has said that the Kingdom’s municipalities’ outstanding debt stands at JD320 million, despite their income being enough to cover their arrears, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

The minister praised Irbid for implementing a process that allows taxpayers to pay off their debt to the municipality in installments. Doing so has allowed the municipality to collect JD5 million in outstanding dues, he said.

Irbid needs this income to be able to, for example, maintain its roads which is estimated to cost JD7 million; to rehabilitate the majority of its roads the municipality would need JD100 million, Krishan said.

Other municipalities face similar problems, the minister said, particularly relating to road maintenance and trash collection.

Furthermore, Krishan said that no new work permits will be issued to foreign trash collectors and street sweepers in order to prioritize Jordanians.

He also said that municipalities that implement development and investment projects in partnership with the private sector will get the ministry’s full support.

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