By Our Reporter
22nd Nov 2022
Terego district Local government is struggling with poor local revenue collection amidst declining central government transfers.
In the 2021/2022 financial year, the district projected to collect Shillings 380 million from local revenue but only managed to collect Shillings 99 million representing 26% revenue performance.
Benson Otim, the Terego Chief Administrative Officer explains that the district has mainly been operating on central government transfers, which he says are meager for effective service delivery.
He says that Local service tax and market tenders registered the worst performance.
Winfred Saka, the Terego LC V chairperson, says that the district has been faced with local revenue leakages from the lower local councils who often under-declare their collections to the district.
Joel Leku, the Terego West constituency member of parliament, says that low revenue collection has greatly crippled activities that are funded using local revenue.
According to Leku, the district needs to develop local revenue enhancement strategies as well as validate and sensitize the taxpayers about the importance of paying taxes.