Authorities in Nakasongola town council have introduced taxes on idle land and incomplete houses to force their owners to develop them.
This building, owned by Nakasongola district, faces taxation for staying long before completion
Authorities in Nakasongola town council have introduced taxes on idle land and incomplete houses to force their owners to develop them. Abdu Muwonge, Nakasongola Town Clerk says that they will levy between shillings 30,000 and 80,000 on unfinished houses. He says that the fee will be determined depending on the location of the house. Muwonge says that over 50 plots in the town council are unutilized.
He also says that over 20 buildings have remained unfinished for years and have turned into habitats for thugs who terrorize residents. Muwonge explains that he has written numerous warning letters to the owners of the unfinished building and idle land to develop of sell it off in vain. He says that as a result, council has decided to tax them adding that the money will added on the local revenue collection account.
Muwonge says that owners of the incomplete buildings who fail to comply within the specified time period will have them demolished. Charles Bogere, Speaker Nakasongola district council has welcomed the introduction of taxes on idle land and unfinished buildings saying it will stimulate growth. But the affected residents will not have any of this. They accuse the town clerk of exploitation and discouraging low income earners from buying land in the town council.
Vincent Begumiza, one of the landlords says that they want to construct building but they are hit by the hard economic times. He appeals to the town council officials to meet them for consultation before the new policy is implemented. Begumiza instead wants the town council to pass an ordinance requiring residents to clear bushes from their plots to discourage insects from harboring there.
James Bamushaba, boda boda cyclists explains that most of the owners of the affected land are small income earners who bought the land through their small savings. He says that they need time to save more funds to help them erect the structures. The Residents have asked Nakasongola LC 5 Chairman James Wandira and the Chief Administrative Officer Suleiman Kasozi to order the town clerk withdraw it.