BY PETER KOMBE
Nairobi business operators have been put on notice to brace for strict measures as the city collects revenue in this financial year officials have revealed.
According to the county government a total of sh17 billion is targeted in the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
Speaking to the media in Mombasa on Monday Nairobi county Revenue, Budget and Economic Planning chief officer Dr. Washington Makodingo outlined several measures that will ensure the target is arrived at.
He said the county is currently developing, reviewing and updating its valuation land rates register to help net in all land rates defaulters.
He says once the city county valuation roll is updated the county has a potential of collecting over Kenya Shilling 10 billion.
Makodingo says the county will track down all government agencies that fail to comply with parking directives and ensure that they park and pay promptly as a way of raising revenue.
“KRA is quick to come to our neck. This time we will also be quick to go for other peoples necks. People must pay what they owe,” Makodingo said.
According to him the county government collects a total of sh3.2 billion in land rates annually which is way below the anticipated target.
“Some government agencies do not pay parking fees and land rates despite utilizing huge chunks of land for parking,” he added.
Meanwhile County Executive Committee Member for Environment Veska Kangogo says last financial year 2018/2019 the county collected a total of 10.25 billion contrary to the much publicized report which indicates that they collected 7.8 Billion.
“This year we are putting in place measures to ensure that we collect better revenue. Despite the delays in disbursement of the county allocation by the National Treasury” Veska said.
Nairobi City County is currently using a valuation roll developed in 1980,
Among those attending the weeklong meeting are Nairobi city county executives from various departments, chief officers, finance and the assembly committee on finance.
The one week workshop aims at strategizing on revenue collection for the county government of Nairobi.