Kisii Kenya 30 June 2021…….Kisii county government is set to conduct civic education on revenue to enhance collection for its operations, County Finance and Planning Executive Committee Member, Moses Onderi told the press on Wednesday .
The CEC, who unveiled Ksh. 12.5 billion Estimates for 2021/2022 appealed to members of the public to pay taxes despite the challenges of Covid 19, which has ravaged the country, killed people and created suffering.
He said Ksh. 8.5 billion has been allocated for recurrent expenditure and Ksh. 4 billion for development, adding Health was allocated a big share of Ksh. 4.7 b, roads, Ksh. 1.2 b, Agriculture, Ksh. 1.2b, Education, 766 m, water, environment and natural resources, Ksh. 328 m, Trade and Tourism ksh.266 m, Kisii Municipality ksh.421m and culture and Sports ksh. 232 m.
“ The county will implement critical projects to boost the county’s economy to benefit residents” Onderi said after he tabled the policy statement at Kisii county Assembly chaired by Deputy Speaker, Davins Onuso.
The CEC said the county expects to generate Ksh. 700 m local revenue, adding Ksh. 32 m has been allocated to the Directorate of Revenue to automate and upgrade its system to foster revenue collection.
He said the county has identified revenue streams and set targets, stressing it will update debt registers and review land rates to increase revenue collection, adding the county expects Ksh. 8.8 b equitable share from the national government.
“ The county will embrace the principles of equity, certainty and ease of revenue collection” Onderi said, stressing internal revenue systems and accounting will be strengthened.
The CEC noted the county will set up new revenue rules and regulations and revise the charges for small scale traders to be friendly for the county to generate adequate revenue.
Budget and Appropriation Committee chairman, Dennis Ombachi and Majority Leader, Timothy Ogugu lauded the Members of the Assembly for passing the budget and urged the Executive to implement it to benefit residents.
“ I urge the government to start the procurement processes quickly so that projects can be implemented to benefit residents and pending bills paid” Ogugu said.
The Majority leader noted that covid 19 was affecting the country, adding it was necessary for the on-going projects to be completed and new ones started for governor James Ongwae to fulfill the pledges he made to the electorate.