oa South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - Assessment of the financial resources of municipalities
The challenges with which municipalities are currently faced, include the fulfilment of the expectations of many new communities to whom they must render services, while they must simultaneously improve the quality of existing services and eliminate backlogs. The sources from which local authorities generate their revenue at present do not appear to be adequate for the increased need for funds. This paper provides an overview of the issues that have led to the current state of municipal finances and the factors that influence the revenue and expenditure of municipalities. In the light of the lack of sources of income for municipalities, particular attention is given to issues which could have an effect on the improvement of administration in municipalities.
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