According to the Division’s revenue performance report for the first quarter of the 2021/ 2022 financial year, only 384.7 million shillings local revenue was collected between July and September this year out of the estimated 2.62 billion shillings.
inadequate number of Town Agents is hindering the local revenue collection in
Pece –Laroo Division in Gulu City. The Division has six agents instead of the required 19.
the Division’s revenue performance report for the first quarter of the 2021/
2022 financial year, only 384.7 million shillings local revenue was collected
between July and September this year out of the estimated 2.62 billion
Some of the poor performing areas include the local hotel tax where only 2.9
million shillings was collected out of the estimated 102.4 million shillings,
business license 10 million shillings was realized out of the projected 623.9
million shillings. 37.9 Million Shillings was collected from market/ gate
charges out of the estimated 114.2 million shillings.
Atube Bolingo, the Pece –Laroo Division Deputy Speaker says the poor local
revenue collection is attributed to the inadequate number of town agents in the
division to carry on the tasks.
Atube, the Division currently deploys only one town agent to collect the local
revenue in three parishes, and that without transport facilitation, the town
agents are unable to move to all the parishes especially the annexed areas like
Twonokun, Unyama, and Pageya Parishes.
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added that there is a lack of teamwork between the political wing and the technocrats
in mobilizing the public to pay taxes as required of them in a bid to improve
the Pece –Laroo Division Council Finance, Planning, and Administration
Committee Chairperson says the impacts of the COVID -19 pandemic on many
businesses have also led to the low revenue collection in the Division. He
explains that a number of businesses have closed, yet they were potential
Rachkara, the Councilor of Twonokun Ward, Pece –Laroo Division in Gulu City
says the transition from physical revenue collection to the Integrated Revenue
Administration System –IRAS also accounts for the low revenue collection in the
Division saying in other areas, physical receipts are still being issued. He
also added that the majority of the Division staff are relaxed since all are
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the Pece –Laroo Division Town Clerk says the poor local revenue collection has
greatly affected service delivery to the locals like garbage collections. Tolit
revealed that the division spends 54 liters of fuel daily to collect piles of
garbage from different spots and that without money, they are unable to do the
Otim, the Pece –Laroo Division Mayor, however, revealed that the government has
now approved the Gulu City Service Commission and that very soon, they will
recruit more staff like the town agents to improve revenue collection.
calls for teamwork among the technocrats and the political leaders in a bid to
improve local revenue collection.