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KCCA Approves Allowances for Valuation Court Members

According to the local government rating act, 2005 which guides the valuation process, the court is supposed to complete its proceedings within six months after receiving complaints. KCCA has already received over 240 complaints from the property owners in central division.

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Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA council has adopted the allowances proposed by the technical wing for members of the valuation court.

 

 

The KCCA Deputy Finance Director, Fred Andema presented the allowance proposal during the KCCA council meeting in Entebbe this morning.

 

 

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According to the proposals, the Valuation Court Chairperson will pocket Shillings 400,000 per sitting while other members will earn Shillings 300,000 subject to taxation. The three member Valuation court chaired by Asuman Basalirwa, is supposed to handle complaints raised by tenants in regard to KCCA property tax. 

 

 

According to the local government (rating) act, 2005 which guides the valuation process, the court is supposed to complete its proceedings within six months after receiving complaints.  KCCA has already received over 240 complaints from the property owners in central division.

 

 

It came after KCCA published in the government gazette property rates for over 15,000 properties in central division last month. KCCA plans to move to other division and projects to raise Shillings 40bn once the valuation exercise is completed. 

 

 

When asked to give an estimate of how much the Authority expects to spend on the valuation court, Andama said it wasn't possible to estimate now. "We initially thought that we would give a block figure but we realized that the block figure can't work in all divisions because the amount of work varies," he said. 

He further explained that they have looked at the amount of work and time that court will require as well as economic circumstances before proposing the figures. "We believe this is fair enough to motivate them to do a good job," Andema said. The valuation court has already kicked off the process of hearing complaints raised by the property owners in central division.

 

According to the KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi, after hearing the complaints the Valuation court will move to Nakawa and other city divisions. She said their work will be seasonal after finishing the current exercise. 

 

"Because the valuation comes once in every five years, after finishing this valuation they will be left with supplementary valuation of any new building that comes up. They will be sitting once or twice a year," she said. 

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