Fort Portal City targets Property Tax Revenue for development competition with other Cities

By Julius Nabimanya

The leadership of Fort Portal City in Kabarole District say they need to pick a leaf from the progress of other Cities as far as development and revenue collection are concerned.

Speaking about Fort Portal’s revenue collection, the City Mayor Asaba Edson Ruyonga wondered why other cities like Mbarara, and Gulu and Municipalities like Nansana were collecting more revenue while Fort Portal remains behind.

Ruyonga was speaking during a civic engagement event on “Services and Fair Tax for Property Owners” at Nyaika Hotel. The event was organised by Ripplenami Uganda in support of USAID under the Domestic Revenue Mobilisation for Development (DRM4D) initiative.

“Cities like Gulu are collecting Shs12b, Mbarara is collecting Shs7b, Nansana is collecting Shs27b and we in Fort Portal are claiming to be comfortable while collecting only Shs1b, the same amount we were collecting while still a municipality!” he said.

“Development is competition, if we do not handle our own affairs, it is time for us to work for our city, and it is this property tax revenue that will be used to work for this city, I spoke to Mbarara Mayor ( Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi) who told me they have used their revenue to purchase pickups and a grader for roads,” he added.

Ruyonga issued a clarion call to residents to wake up from slumber and contribute to the development of Fort Portal through tax payment.

“I thank the taxpayers of this City from North to Central division, you have not been a problem at all, whenever we reach you, you have been able to respond positively, and you have been able to pay your tax, we are extremely grateful. It is because of you that we are going on with the little taking place.”

He pledged to involve all the taxpayers in the planning and service delivery of the City, acknowledging Ripplenami and USAID for ensuring continuous engagements between both parties.

“I thank our partners USAID and Ripplenami who have come to make sure we even get better, we are now in an era where things will be beautiful. We have agreed that when the money ( from property tax) comes, we shall do those things you want, what one would call service delivery,” he said.












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