SINGAPORE: Choa Chu Kang Town Council has improved on its Service and Conservancy Charges (S&CC) Arrears Management while Tanjong Pagar saw a decline in Estate Maintenance, in the latest Town Council Management Report (TCMR) for FY2015, said the Ministry of National Development on Monday (May 30).
According to the TCMR, town councils were assessed under four indicators: Estate Cleanliness; Estate Maintenance; Lift Performance; and S&CC Arrears Management. All the town councils scored "Green" for Estate Cleanliness and Lift Performance, the report showed.
For S&CC Arrears Management, Choa Chu Kang climbed back into the Green band, after being labelled Amber in the previous report. Fourteen TCs scored Green, while Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council's score was "pending", the TCMR showed.
According to MND, this is because of the ongoing review by its auditor, KPMG. While the TC had confirmed the reports were prepared in accordance to MND's requirements, the ministry noted that KPMG had made a couple of observations in its report on May 13.
The observations were:
- The balances in the TC’s accounts receivables sub-ledger as at Mar 31, 2015, which were prepared by an external consultant, do not match with the trial balances for the same period
- KPMG had compared the accounts receivable sub-ledger, used by the TC to calculate S&CC arrears attributable to the Sinking Fund, to the numbers in the FY14/15 audited financial statements, and they did not match. The TC is investigating the reasons for the difference
"MND will continue to monitor KPMG’s monthly reports to see whether further assessments are made on the accuracy of the TC’s S&CC arrears reports," it added.
In response, chairman of Aljunied-Hougang Town Council Pritam Singh said it notes MND’s remarks on the S&CC arrears management aspect of the report. "AHTC will continue to publish on its website all monthly KPMG reports pursuant to the court order of 27 Nov 2015, for the public to track the progress and resolution of this issue," he said in a statement.
Estate Maintenance, however, saw only five TCs in the "Green" band while 11 were in the "Amber" band for FY2015. Among these 11, Tanjong Pagar Town Council dropped from Green in FY2014 to Amber.
The obstruction of common areas remains the top estate maintenance issue, accounting for 36 per cent of the total maintenance observations in FY2015, MND said.
The period of assessment covers April 2015 to September 2015, prior to changes to Town Councils (TCs) following General Election 2015. MND will not be publishing a TCMR for the period October 2015 to March 2016, as most TCs were in the process of handing over properties to each other, and accountability for results during this transitional period would be unclear, it said.