Mbarara town begins property valuation to boost local income :: Uganda Radionetwork

The city’s revenue collection for the financial year 2021/2022 was projected at 4.7 billion shillings. However, by the end of the second quarter, only 1.3 billion shillings had been realized.

Mbarara Town Council has started the assessment of all properties to be taxed over the next five years.

The city’s revenue collection for the financial year 2021/2022 was projected at 4.7 billion shillings. However, by the end of the second quarter, only 1.3 billion shillings had been realized.

Mbarara City Samuel Tayebwa Rwakinanga, the Revenue Collection Officer for Mbarara City, said the assessment aims to register all old and new properties in the city that will be taxed for the next five years starting from the next fiscal year. .

He says all buildings, whether commercial or residential, will be assessed. He adds that the assessment of residential homes will be retained for future use when they turn into commercial properties.

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Tayebwa says that over the past five years, Mbarara City Council has collected 1.3 billion in property taxes per year. He hopes that after the assessment, the tax will increase as new developments have been made.

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Tayebwa says that during the appraisal, details such as location, property measurements and owners details will be captured.

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Nelson Muhangi, the acting city clerk, said the assessment will take place for two months from this month and will be followed by the posting of the assessment, hearing and settling complaints until in June.

Priscah Muganzi, the city’s deputy mayor, says owners of new buildings in the city and those that have changed ownership will also be captured.

Aggrey Twijukye, a businessman and member of the City Development Forum asked for leniency during the assessment, noting that most commercial buildings had stood empty since the Covid-19 outbreak.

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