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Land owners in Uasin Gishu urged to pay rates

Proprietors of factories, private hospitals and schools within Uasin Gishu have been urged to take advantage of the 100 per cent tax waiver announced by the County Government early this month to pay tax due.

The proprietors have already been invoiced with those who have not paid their taxes being asked to make use of the waiver on interest and penalties by paying up the outstanding.

Speaking in her office during an assessment meeting with the Fire Brigade Rapid Response Initiative Team, Uasin Gishu County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Water, Mary Njogu, said the revenue team has visited a good number of hospitals and businesses to encourage the owners to pay their rates.

Next week the team will shift their focus to schools and factories said the CECM.

“The team has been in the CBD and rural areas and progressing well so far, this week they have been visiting hospitals which have been very positive about the exercise, some have paid and others have been invoiced,” noted Njogu.

CECM Njogu appealed to all businesses to comply by paying their tax to enable the County Government to get resources that will help to provide services to residents.

”The hospitals are happy because they are getting an education in terms of fire outbreaks. The team is doing well and we are expecting to hit our target of Sh20 Million by the end of the exercise,’’ she added.

The CECM said there is a need for a policy framework on safety to be introduced to ensure all Lorries coming from outside Uasin Gishu comply to stop the challenge raised by her team where some lorries don’t comply, claiming they have compliance documents from National Government and other bodies.

The County Government expects to hit its target of collecting Sh1.2 billion by the end of the financial year through a recently launched Rapid Results Initiative on revenue collection across the County.

By Kiptanui Cherono

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