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Busia Revenue collection to increase to Sh1b in the next three years – Busia County Government

Busia Revenue collection to increase to Sh1b in the next three years

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Busia  County Revenue Collection is set to increase to Sh1billion in the next three years, the County Head  of County  Revenue  Antony Opondo revealed on Monday.

Speaking  at the Hotel Levantes during a County  Revenue Enhancement  Strategy  Review Workshop, Mr. Opondo  said  this will be made possible  due to automation and  legal frameworks that have been put in place.

” We now have  the  Busia County Trade ACT 2017, Busia County Cess Act 2017,  Busia County rating Act 2017 and  Busia County Rating Act 2017. Together with the  automation system we shall enhance revenue collection and seal  revenue leakages.

With the legal frameworks  in place, capacity building, civic education & awareness  and enhanced effective revenue enforcement  to seal loopholes and leakages,  we  intend to  collect over  Sh400m in this financial year before it hits Sh1b mark  in  the next three years,” he  said, adding that each stakeholder should support the initiative coupled with  mapping and registration of all taxpayers and assessment of tax payable.

Mr. Opondo said  they intend to  generate more revenue  through property rates, sand Cess, single business permits, market fees and charges, alcoholic drinks and drug abuse licenses, parking fees and  environmental & public health inspection services.

Busia County  Chief  of  Staff  Mr. Robert Papa  said  performance management framework  will be rolled out  so as to close current revenue gaps and adoption of the new revenue  generation strategy.

Mr. Papa said  Spatial Planning  and stakeholders engagement  will also be  rolled out, adding that  Public Participation  Unit will be formed  to be manned by  Director  of Public Participation.

”  Also to be rolled out is the  Project Management  and  Monetary and Evaluation Unit.  The review of the  existing  County Integrated Development  Plan  will also be effected,” he said.

The workshop is also attended by  representatives from Commission on Revenue  Allocation,  Controller of Budgets and Strathmore  Research  and Consultancy Centre ( SRCC).

Photo:    Head of  County Revenue, Antony Opondo  during a County  Revenue Enhancement  Strategy  Review Workshop at Hotel Levantes in Amagoro on Monday.

–  Busia County Chief of Staff  Robert Papa   during a County Revenue Enhancement  Strategy  Review Workshop at Hotel Levantes in Amagoro on Monday.

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