Urban Economics & Municipal Finance
The Urban Unit aims to facilitate other sectors in economics and demographic analyses of the province. It provides key information to different sectors for ensuring baseline analysis. Municipal finance fuels local government and financial success requires a sound enabling environment created through the implementation of practices for local government budgeting, financial management and revenue generation.
The Urban Unit has worked with federal and provincial governments, and is capable enough to analyze municipal finance in terms of federal and provincial legal and policy framework, and institutional arrangements for local revenue enhancement. Similarly, the Urban Unit has successfully introduced reforms at the local level that have resulted in substantial revenue enhancement. These include improvements in property tax collection and the introduction of e-governance tools enabling efficient collection of other municipal fees and charges.