Kitgum Municipal Council has resolved that all tax payers remit all their taxes to the bank effective the 2018/2019 financial year to address discrepancies in local revenue collection.
The resolution follows concerns over massive shortfalls in local revenue collections in recent financial years. The municipal authorities say revenue dwindled significantly despite the booming business entities within the municipality.
Dan Oroma, the Speaker Kitgum Municipality, says council unanimously resolved that all revenues be banked by the tax payers who will be expected to present bank deposit slips for verification.
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Lawrence Larok, the Chairperson Kitgum Municipal Council Finance Committee, says gradual deterioration in revenue collection affects general operations, effective and quality service delivery as Municipal Staff collude with revenue collectors to spend revenue at source.
Councilors also claim that a section of town agents and revenue collectors use duplicate receipts while collecting revenue. Kitgum municipal council lacks a revenue source registry that would have helped council to back track its revenue.
Once implemented, town agents who usually collect revenue will only be expected to verify the remittance of funds to the bank before the issuance of receipts.
Kitgum Municipal lost more than Shillings 227 million in local revenue in the 2017/2018 financial year due to discrepancies.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.