Minister rejected any increase in services fees for citizens and expatriates



Minister of State for Municipal Affairs, Engineer Walid Al-Jassem is said to have rejected any increase in services fees for citizens and expatriates, such as the cleaning fee added to the electricity and water bill, transaction fees, licenses, issuance of certificates, documents, etc..There have been some proposals in this regard which “require a flood of study.” There are some laws and regulations which are being reviewed which can be amended, if necessary.

The Minister said any approach that affects the pockets of the citizens will not be approved until after a thorough study, whether positive or negative. All proposals submitted to the executive will be subject to research, especially those submitted by members of the Municipal Council.The higher management in the Municipality is currently looking at the observations made by the Audit Bureau, specifically those related to financial issues, which the sources say, have “decreased significantly and this indicates the procedures and proper management of the executive body.”-A.T.