Busia County is targeting to increase its revenue collection to Sh1 billion in the next three years, the County Head of County Revenue Antony Opondo has said.

Speaking at Hotel Levantes during a County Revenue Enhancement Strategy Review Workshop, Opondo said this will be made possible due to automation and legal frameworks that have been put in place by the devolved unit.

“We now have the Busia County Trade ACT 2017, Busia County Cess Act 2017, Busia County Rating Act 2017 and Busia County Rating Act 2017. Together with the automation system we shall enhance revenue collection and seal revenue leakages,” he said.

“With the legal frameworks in place, capacity building, civic education and awareness and enhanced effective revenue enforcement to seal loopholes and leakages, we intend to collect over Sh400 million in this financial year before it hits Sh1 billion mark in the next three years.”

He added that each stakeholder should support the initiative coupled with mapping and registration of all taxpayers and assessment of tax payable.

Opondo said the county intends to generate more revenue through property rates, Sand Cess, single business permits, market fees and charges, alcoholic drinks and drug abuse licenses, parking fees and environmental and public health inspection services.

Busia County Chief of Staff Robert Papa said a performance management framework will be rolled out so as to close current revenue gaps and adopt of a new revenue generation strategy.

Papa said Spatial Planning and stakeholders’ engagement will also be rolled out, adding that the Public Participation Unit will be formed and manned by Director of Public Participation.

The workshop was also attended by representatives from the Commission on Revenue Allocation, Controller of Budgets and Strathmore Research and Consultancy Centre.