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Mbarara Municipality, Divisions Feud Over Property Tax

Moses Kajubi, the LC 3 chairperson Nyamitanga division, says the move is aimed at stopping the divisions from receiving a percentage from property tax.
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Mbarara municipality is involved w row with Division councils over the property tax collection. Trouble stems from a decision by the municipality to collect property tax directly from the respective divisions.

Mbarara municipality has already started collecting property tax from Nyamitanga, Kakooba and Kamukuzi while is evaluation is ongoing Kakiika, Biharwe and Nyakayojo division.

Moses Kajubi, the LC 3 chairperson Nyamitanga division, says the move is aimed at stopping the divisions from receiving a percentage from property tax.

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He says the decision by the municipality to collect the property tax directly has crippled service delivery in the division since they can't realize the budgeted revenue.

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Norbert Semusu, the Mbarara Municipality youth councilor, says the divisions haven't seen proceeds from the property tax collected by the municipality yet most of the money is generated from the divisions. He wonders why the municipality is operating in disregard of procedure.

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Johnson Baryantuma Munono, the Town Clerk Mbarara Municipality, says there is no law specifying a particular percentage the municipality should be remitting to the divisions.

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Munono says he intends to distribute documents to political leaders in the divisions to understand how property tax money is collected and spent.

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