Busia County records a drop in revenue collection
Busia County has recorded a drop in its revenue estimates, a report by the Budget Committee has revealed.
According to the report that was tabled by the Committee Chairman, John Obwogo , the County has realized a drop of 32.7 per cent of its local revenue estimates translating to Sh. 200 million.
Obwogo pointed out that the revenue streams that recorded huge drops included hospital user, trailer park, motorcycle, bus parking, single business permit produce, cess and land rates.
He blamed the negative trend on the protracted election period, the implementation of the East African protocol that affected collection of trailer parking fees in Busia and Malaba, doctors and nurses’ strike and unchangeable motorcycle fees due to Transport and Safety Act which have not been operationalized.
Ward Development Projects have been allocated Sh. 869million which is 39.2 per cent of the total county executive development budget. This includes Sh. 385million for financial year 2017/2018 and Sh. 482m being balances of projects brought forward from FY 2016/2017.
Members of the County Assembly have been allocated Sh.280million for car and mortgages facility in the revised budget while Sh 10 million has been set aside for Spatial Plan in the department of Land, Housing and Urban Development.
The County Government has set aside Sh.18.4million for payment of wages to community health workers with another Sh.15million being set aside for construction of Amoni Market while Education bursaries has been enhanced by Sh.37million to Sh.115million.
The Budget Committee tabled Sh7.4 billion Supplementary Budget Estimates of revenue and expenditure for the 2017-2018 financial year which includes Sh.5.8 billion as equitable share, Sh.59 million World Bank Loan for universal health care, Sh.16 million foregone fees in Level II and III hospitals, 231m road maintenance levy, Sh.63m grant for development of youth polytechnics, Sh.44m Kenya devolution support grant , Sh.15m DANIDA and Sh.776 m balances brought forward.
This translates to an increase of 469million (6.7%) from the previous approved budget whose total revenue estimates were Sh6.9billion.
By Salome Alwanda