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The ongoing garbage crisis which has left Lebanon's streets filled with rotting trash exemplifies what is fundamentally wrong with the country: a political class that has no interest in serving the public.Since the private company will not provide services for all the municipalities in the country, the government issued a decree (Article 1 of Decree 3038 of 2000) that gives the Cabinet the authority to spend IMF money on works that can benefit some but not all municipalities.Following the adoption of Budget Law 326 of 2001, the government was authorized to charge municipalities benefiting from solid waste collection services 40 percent of their IMF share. In other words, citizens do not know whether the cost charged to municipalities is more or less or equal to how much it is actually costing the government.Looking closely at the numbers, the total amount collected from the municipalities' IMF shares covers about 22 percent of the actual cost of collecting waste in 2009 .
Municipal reform is particularly urgent
Legislating for their own necessity
What decentralization law do parties really want?
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