KCCA valuation court starts hearing property tax grievances

KCCA valuation court starts hearing property tax grievances
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The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Valuation Court has started hearing cases  in order to resolve property tax grievances raised by local residents.

According to authorities, the sessions, which began on Monday 15 January in Kyanja Parish, Nakawa Division, will spread to other divisions of the city in the coming days.

The court, presided over by Samuel Muyizzi Mulindwa and endowed with powers comparable to a Magistrate's court, is focused on resolving issues arising from property tax concerns raised especially by land lords in Kampala city.

Inaugurating the opening session at Kisasi Community Health Centre in Kyanja Parish Nakawa Division, Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago emphasised the court's purpose, which was established by law to protect local citizens from unfair taxes.

The Lord Mayor emphasised that, after valuation, the court could potentially reduce tax rates based on the merits of complainants' arguments, urging property owners who feel wronged not to suffer in silence.

The property tax payment bands were outlined by Lukwago, elucidating that individuals earning over shs 5 million per annum on their property pay 6%, those earning between Ushs3 million and shs5 million pay 4%, while those not earning more than shs3 million from their commercial houses in a year will be charged a reduced rate of 1%.

“This progressive approach aims to alleviate the financial burden on smaller property owners,” he said

Chairperson Muyizzi stressed the urgent need for more financial support for the court due to the overwhelming number of cases, with over 1500 objections from Nakawa alone.

He called for legislative amendments, proposing an extension of the hearing period for complaints beyond the current six months, considering the court handles at least 20 cases daily.

In a bid to enhance transparency, the Valuation Court has launched a dedicated website where all rulings will be uploaded and made accessible to the public. This initiative is designed to foster accountability and keep stakeholders well informed.

Deputy Mayor Salah Mutoni of Nakawa Division expressed support for the court's efforts on the ground, encouraging locals to embrace the process and stay informed.

Councilor Bonny Katongole, representing Kyanja II and Kisasi Central, expressed satisfaction with the court's outreach, noting, "I'm happy that the court has come to the people to listen to their grievances. There have been a lot of complaints and questions, and we did not have answers."

The court session, held at Kisasi Police on Monday, represents a proactive step in addressing the complexities surrounding property taxation, promoting community engagement, and advocating for legislative reforms to streamline the valuation process.

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