Municipal Authorities have proposed to re-evaluate rates of properties in the
Currently, Kitgum Municipal council charges only five percent property tax levy
on property owners.
The rates vary and depend on the assessments of the municipal valuer. For
example George Ocan, a property owner says that he pays 160,000 to 200000
shillings for each of his commercial buildings.
Patrick Ocan Ocitti, the Kitgum Municipal Deputy Town Clerk said in
an interview on Friday that they are fetching low revenue from taxing
properties because of the low percentage charged.
He says the revenue collected from taxing such properties is no
longer sufficient to sustain the smooth running of their budget and offer
According to Ocitti, the current rates were determined in 2004 when the area
was still experiencing insecurity.
Ocitti says with the current peace, properties especially commercial buildings
and lands have greatly appreciated.
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He says new rates will be determined after the valuation exercise conducted by
a hired private valuer to help the Municipality broaden its locally raised revenue
and reduce its reliance on central government’s fund.
The exercise will be undertaken using parts of funds allocated to the Municipal
council for Institutional strengthening under the Uganda Support to Municipal
Infrastructure Development [USMID] Programme.
Some of the property owners have welcomed the proposals with open arm.
George Ocan says the proposal is not bad since the Municipal council also
depends on tax payers’ money to delivery services.
He however says the exercise should be transparent with the expertise of an
independent property valuer.
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The 2005 Local Government Act Mandates Urban councils to set property rates not
exceeding 12% of the rateable value.
In the Financial year 2018/2019, Kitgum Municipal Council only managed to raise
189 million Shillings in local revenue out of the approved
740 million Shillings.
Municipal officials attributed the drastic drop on the relocation process of
market vendors to a new site which created gaps in the collection from