County Rolls Out Rapid Results Revenue Collection Program
The County Government of Uasin Gishu has rolled out a rapid results revenue collection program team that will be moving around the county to ensure all due revenue is paid.
While officially launching the team at the county headquarters in Eldoret, Governor Jackson Mandago EGH, said so far, almost half of the projected optimum revenue has been collected.
The Department of Finance and Economic Planning had projected to collect at least Ksh 1.2 billion local revenue for the whole financial year and so far Ksh600 million has been collected.
The Governor thanks locals that have already paid their due fees while also asking those who have not, to do so for the county to have sufficient resources so as to offer quality services to them.
“We are launching rapid results collection program because we must finance our operations. Thank you to those who have already paid,” he said.
The Governor also warned county employees against colluding with traders and landowners to manipulate levies, saying harsh penalties will be meted on them.
He said, if found, action will be taken against not only the employee but also the citizen involved.
Under the initiative, the county is projecting to collect Ksh250,000 million from single business permits, Ksh140 million (Parking), Ksh90 million (Bus tax), Ksh50 million (building plans), Ksh102 million ( Signage ), Cess (Ksh80 million), Markets and Stall Ksh72 million, and Ksh70 million from Health services.
“As we go out, we have to collect the revenue, but we also have to be customer-centric. We must use acceptable customer language. Except where people want to resist, use acceptable language. Anyone attacking our staff will face the law,” Mandago said.
Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said: “We’re about to begin the last quarter and we need to ensure all collected targets are met.”
“We cannot serve the people of Uasin Gishu without money. We need to see our revenue on the rising trajectory as we know businesses are picking up considering the county offered some grace period for permits,” he added.
According to Finance and Economic Planning CECM, CPA Julius Ruto, the revenue collection will be guided by the current Finance Act which was subjected to public participation.
He noted that the revenue collection process will involve all departments so as to guarantee its effectiveness and success.
“We came up with strategies that were developed to help with all departments. We established a joint approach so that we have a strong team as all these revenue streams sit in the department that we have to team up with,” CPA Ruto said.
“We are not going to use force, we want to build a relationship with our taxpayers,” he added.
Similar sentiments were shared by Trade CECM Dr. Emily Kogos who expressed the need for county employees to maintain professionalism “ for the good of our county ”