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‘New law to enhance independence of municipalities’

By Petra - Jan 25,2014 - Last updated at Jan 25,2014

AJLOUN — The Municipal Affairs Ministry is drafting a new law to consolidate the financial and administrative independence of municipalities, with the first draft sent to mayors for evaluation, Municipal Affairs Minister Walid Masri said on Saturday.

He urged mayors and members of municipal councils to send their feedback on the bill, so that the ministry can take them into account in formulating the law.

During a visit to the Shafa, Al Oyoun and New Kufranja municipalities in Ajloun Governorate, Masri said JD250,000 has been allocated from the Gulf Cooperation Council grant for road projects.

He urged the municipalities to collect overdue taxes from residents and institutions, control spending and focus on development projects that generate revenues to support their budgets.

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