Alarmingly low earnings from tax revenue have driven Kasese councilors to cut down on their salary.
Aside from the councilors, the salaries of the council’s speaker, the Mayor, and their deputies respectively are going to be cut down so as to meet the budget expectations. Due to this, the councilors will earn UGX 120,000 instead of UGX 150,000.
Currently, Kasese municipality is anticipated to have at least 40 councilors to serve in the next term. However, due to the low tax revenue in the 2020/2021 financial year, the team came to a consensus to cut down on their salaries.
Basing on the outgoing Mayor Godfrey Kabyanga, they were in position to collect only UGX 400 million out of the expected UGX 1.3 billion yet the councillors are meant to receive 20% of this as salary.
However, the Chairperson of Finance, Planning, and administration, Sebastian Tumusiime explains that the low earnings are attributed to the lengthy Covid-19 lockdown which frustrated their tax earnings.
He adds that their greatest tax revenue is the Rwenzori Square that is usually used for concerts as well as public meetings, hotels, liquor licenses then market dues. Of which all these were totally shut down due to covid-19.
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The Kasese councillors have portrayed a great spirit of patriotism and hopefully the same spirit shall possess our incumbent members of Parliament for the betterment of our country.