District has recorded a significant reduction in local revenue collections, one
month to the end of the financial year. The district had planned to collect 426
Million Shillings but they managed to collect only 185 Million Shillings.
Solomon Anguzu, the Secretary of Finance, and Administration attributed the
reduction to the negative attitude of taxpayers and poor remittance by the
lower local government units.
that efforts are underway to ensure that revenue collection is enhanced through
validation of taxpayers' sensitization and among others.
//Cue in: “We have revenue ...
Cue out: .... one document.” //
Alfred Okuonzi, the LCV Chairperson attributed low collections of local revenue
to the reduction of revenue sources. He says that some areas that had sources
of revenue were annexed to the city. According to Okuonzi, the reduction has
affected the operation of the district, especially on activities that are
funded using local revenue.
//Cue in: “The technocrats they…
.... register success.” //
When Arua gained city status in July 2020, the district lost seven sub-counties
after they were annexed to the city. Currently, some of the major sources of
revenue for the district include the weekly markets of Kampala in Logiri sub-county, Nyio, and Ejupala markets in Vurra sub-county and registration of birth and
death certificates among others.
Jude Mark Bukenya, the Chief Administrative Officer explains that the district
didn’t collect sufficient funds from fines and penalties, rents, and
property-related income. He however says there is an urgent need for the district
finance committee to address the local revenue gaps if planned activities for the
year were not implemented.
//Cue in: “There has been…
Cue out: ....
solve those problems.”//
Candini, the Arivu sub-county councilor told URN in an interview that the
council’s operations have been hit hard because the councilors are not
receiving their emoluments.
Section 80(1) of the Local Government Act empowers local governments to levy
taxes including fines rates, rent royalties, stamp duties, and registration and
licensing fees among others.