MBARARA CITY COUNCIL PROCURES A BRAND REVENUE COLLECTION VEHICLE, PROJECTS TO COLLECT LOCAL REVENUE WORTH UGX.9 BILLION IN FINANCIAL YEAR 2022/23
By Twesigye Aggrey
Mbarara city council has today (Thursday) availed a brand new pick up vehicle procured at a tune Of UGX .180 million which they will be used by city revenue department in revenue collection.
Local revenue collection was under the office of finance and planning and was controlled by the principal finance officer. The new revenue department will now be managed by principal Revenue Officer.
Availing the vehicle today (Thursday) at Mbarara City council premises ,Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi says in the last financial year 2021/22 Mbarara city council collected only UGX 5.5 billion in form of local revenue and with this new development , Kakyebezi asserts that Mbarara city council will be in position to collect around UGX. 9 billion.
Kakyebezi adds that off UGX. 5.5 billion Mbarara city council managed to collect as local revenue in the last financial year 2021/22 , Mbarara city council has managed to procure a revenue collection department vehicle at a tune of Ugx .180 million and a motor-grader which they are yet to procure at Ugx.1.2 billion.
Abirebe Arthur the Mbarara City clerk says Mbarara city council has been spending Ugx.200. 000 everyday on hiring vehicles to enable the revenue collection staff traverse City areas but with this development ,the city will be in position to channel the funds they have been spending on hiring vehicles to other city council sectors.
Abirebe explains that the revenue collection department will be charged with coming up with the new revenue assessments,issuance of taxi notices and reminders of defaulters, sensitisation and collection .
He says similar departments have been created at the division level and will be controlled by the senior finance officer I charge of revenue collection who will be assisted by external contractors.