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.