- The council heavily relies on local revenue which is not being collected
- And as a result, the garbage collection within the town has also become difficult
- The revenue base for the municipality is limited to hotels, markets, taxi parks and others but the non-realisation of the target stifles development
Nebbi- Authorities in Nebbi municipal council have decried low revenue collection in the council due to poor altitude of business community.
They said most of businesses being operated within the municipal council are not registered which is making it hard to meet the revenue target.
According to Revenue Desk Officer Nebbi Municipal, Bernard Cwinya-ai, the council registered over 1,500 business premises last financial year with a target of raising over Shs 54 million.
“The council is having many business premises that are operating illegally in the municipal which has affected our revenue collection and others complain of high taxation,” Cwinya-ai said.
He said due to poor altitude of the business community, the council have failed to raise the total projected amount of Sh 445m from all the registered business premises within the Municipal Council.
One of the business men, George Openjtho, said they do not see the impacts of taxes being collected in the council since there are poor road networks with poor drainage system which sometimes flood on the roads.
He adds that government have frustrated business community with high taxes being levied on them and the profit margin is meager. “We cannot pay tax at 100 percent and yet we are not realizing benefits of paying taxes,” he said.
The commercial officer, Richard Olobo, advised the business community to promote locally produced products to promote local tax such that social welfare of the people is improved.
“We need to boost our economy through buying of locally produced products within our country such as sodas, furniture and clothes to promote our tax based,” Olobo said.