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Five years into the Syrian crisis during which more than 1 million refugees have flowed into Lebanon, two things are apparent.Those with weak administrations have a small number of full-time employees – averaging four. Furthermore, many municipalities suffer from vacancies: 400 municipalities have only one employee and 87 percent of municipalities have up to six employees. In other words, only 13 percent of municipalities – which is around 130 – have more than six employees, a number considered standard for carrying out the duties of a municipal administration. The share of temporary workers to the total number of employees is about 50 percent compared to 28 percent for full-time employees.Having a weak administration is a function of low revenues.Municipalities rely on 36 direct fees, of which three make up 85 percent of total collected revenues.Hence, there is a need to enlist the help of the central government, where it can lead to serious reforms that can improve municipal revenues through timely and better distribution of the IMF, as well as remove constraints in hiring municipal staff.
Legislating for their own necessity
What decentralization law do parties really want?
Free the municipal fund from politicians
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