Geoffrey Oyoo, the chief financial officer of Gulu City, told URN in an interview that the assessment aims to register all old and new properties in Gulu City to be taxed for the next five years.
Gulu City Council has started assessing all properties to be taxed over the next five years.
Gulu Town’s revenue collection for the 2020/2021 fiscal year was expected to be 4.7 billion shillings, but only 1.8 billion shillings was achieved.
Geoffrey Oyoo, the chief financial officer for Gulu City, said the assessment aims to register all old and new properties in Gulu City that will be taxed over the next five years.
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According to Oyoo, they have sent a team of enumerators and city officials who will work hand in hand with the 124 village presidents to record all the details of the landowners, including the areas that have been annexed to the city.
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Oyoo adds that as part of its strategy to improve revenue collection, Gulu City Council will begin to massively educate taxpayers about the benefits of paying taxes quickly.
Thomas Lukwiya, the owner of the Freezone Hotel in Gulu City, welcomes the intervention of the city authority but has asked them to show leniency towards the hotel owners because they have been hit hard by the COVID pandemic – 19. He says that at his hotel, 16 of the initial 20 employees were made redundant due to the hotel’s financial crisis.
Lukwiya called on city officials to first give them time to fight the new virus before they sit down to assess their properties for tax purposes.
According to a document from the Gulu City Council, sources of revenue that worked well as of May 18 include property related costs with 394 million shillings, local service tax with 264 million shillings, business licenses 253 million shillings. shillings, market / gate charge 117 million shillings and land charge with 138 million shillings.
The worst performing include private entity interests with 315,000 shillings, sale of nonproduced public property / assets at 860,000 shillings, and registrations with 1.2 million shillings, among others.