KUALA LUMPUR - City Hall has unveiled its RM2.79 billion (S$1.07 billion) budget for next year.
Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said RM1.499 billion would be allocated for management, while RM1.29 billion would be set aside for projects. Overall, it was a 20.6 per cent increase from this year's budget of RM2.31 billion.
"Our focus is to ensure an efficient and effective administration while following the value-for-money concept. I have always stressed to officials and staff that we are working for ratepayers and they have every right to question our decisions.
"We are expecting a 28 per cent or RM200 million increase in assessment fees collection on the 500,000 units of properties here.
"This is after taking into consideration the concerns of ratepayers on the proposed hike in our assessment rate next year," he said, adding assessment collection made up 56 per cent of City Hall's expected RM2.13 billion revenue next year.
Other revenues were derived from planning and development control (RM272.5 million); rental from public housing schemes (RM81.7 million); and licences (RM56.2 million).
There was also an allocation from Federal Government grants worth RM135.1 million.
City Hall's budget for management, among others, covered cleaning services (RM164 million); garbage collection (RM63 million); infrastructure maintenance of roads, drains and streetlights (RM103.3 million); traffic management and parking lots (RM57.9 million); upkeep of public parks (RM34.3 million); Integrated Transport Information System (RM32.5 million); and bus and taxi stops and walkways (RM8.12million).
Themed Bandaraya Lestari Wargakota Sejahtera (Sustainable City, Prosperous People), Phesal said the budget was a public-oriented one as most decisions were made after considering residents' feedback.
"We will also engage residents more with regards to the projects in their respective neighbourhoods.
"One example is by giving the specifications of a contract job like road works to the residents' association, so that they can compare them with the end result and check on the quality of work and materials by the contractor."
For affordable public housing, a RM115 million allocation was set aside for construction of houses in Kampung Wirajaya, Setapak, Kampung Pandan Indian settlement, as well as buying 200 units of medium-cost units from developers.
City Hall is currently managing 62,568 public housing and people's housing scheme (PPR) flats, and RM122.37 million will be spent on maintenance.
Phesal said RM34.3 million would also be spent on beautification works at the Botanical Garden, Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Taman Tasik Permaisuri and 13 other open spaces and playgrounds.