NAKURU REVENUE

Nakuru posts Sh380M growth in own source revenue

Nakuru county records better own source revenue collection despite the COVID-19 pandemic

In Summary
  • Heads of revenue collection department at all the 11 Sub-counties were also recognised and awarded certificate for their exemplary work.
  • Nakuru County Receiver of Revenue, Charles Lwanga said the county adopted a new system of revenue collection in December 2020 which has also contributed to the revenue increment.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui (left) presents a trophy to Josiah Sande, on behalf of Crown Beverages -Keringet for emerging top overall during the Nakuru County Best Taxpayers Award ceremony.
NAKURU REVENUE Governor Lee Kinyanjui (left) presents a trophy to Josiah Sande, on behalf of Crown Beverages -Keringet for emerging top overall during the Nakuru County Best Taxpayers Award ceremony.
Image: LOISE MACHARIA

Nakuru County own source revenue collection in the last financial year increased despite the challenges occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.

County Receiver of Revenue, Charles Lwanga said own source revenue increased from Sh2.44 Billion in the 2019/2020 Financial Year to Sh2.82 Billion in the Financial Year ended this June.

The biggest contributors were Facility Improvement Fees (FIF) which topped with a collection of Sh1.19 billion, land rates (Sh401m), trade licenses (Sh316m), royalties (Sh223m), parking fees (Sh219m) and advertising at Sh108 million.

Speaking at a celebration to award the best tax payers in Nakuru, Lwangwa attributed the increase of own revenues collection to the stability of rate payers who had benefited from incentives and total waiver of penalties.

“The county government has taken several measures to ensure a business-friendly environment amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and it also reduced charges beginning July 2020 and that is why the collection increased instead of going down, he said.

Flamingo Bottlers, Magnate Outdoors Advertising Agency, Crown Beverages Limited and Gilanis Supermarket were among hose awarded.

“It has been a journey growing the revenue since 2017 when this administration took over and the revenue then was in terms on millions of shillings to the current situation where the county own source revenue is almost Sh3 billion.” said Lwanga.

He said the finance department is currently integrating the county automation system to payment platforms offered by banks and mobile service providers to allow virtual payment of taxes.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui said it was encouraging to see the county own source revenue grow adding that this is was an indication of future independence. 

“This means that one day, Nakuru will not be fully dependent on the national government to run her operations, that operations will not be at a standstill if resources from National Treasury are delayed,” he said.