Mr Gyatto disclosed that they met the stakeholders, including all the market queens, artisans, landlords and landladies severally last year before arriving at the new rates, and wondered where the women got their figures from.
He indicated that the stakeholders were made to understand why the Assembly was increasing the rates. and gave them the opportunity to negotiate for an acceptable rate for all, adding that the Assembly had not increased the rates dramatically as the market women were claiming, and that a store that attracted a fee rate of GH¢12, been increased to GH¢17.
The Finance officer therefore admitted that there seemed to be a communication gap, and so gave the assurance that the Assembly would call an emergency meeting with all the stakeholders to address their grievances.
Mr Divine L. Simpiney, Municipal Budget Officer, said, the Assembly had not increased the fee rates for some time now, adding that the rates charged by the Assembly were what they used to develop the markets and made sure the environment was clean.
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