Masaka Municipality Sets Up Valuation Court

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The three Valuation Court members were approved in a council session chaired by Masaka Municipal Council deputy speaker Noor Njuki on Tuesday.

Masaka Municipal Council has established a Valuation Court to address disputes arising from the new property rates.  The Valuation Court is comprised of three members including Sir John Matovu, a senior Lawyer, John Peter Obonyo, a senior surveyor and a social scientist Hajjat Shifah Katerega.
 

The three Valuation Court members were approved in a council session chaired by Masaka Municipal Council deputy speaker Noor Njuki on Tuesday. The Mayor Masaka Municipality Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo moved the motion to establish the Valuation Court and was seconded by councilor Madina Matovu.
 

Kayemba told council that they were prompted to set up the Valuation Court following numerous complaints from developers on the new property rates. Early this year, Masaka Municipality contracted the government valuation team to value  property in the municipality with the hope of expanding its revenue base.

According to Kayemba, the property valuation exercise was long overdue since it was last done in 1994.
 

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Mariam Tusiime, the Chairperson Masaka Municipal Council Finance Committee says the Valuation Court will listen to the grievances of the developers on the new property rates before making a final decision. Hajat Sarah Kiyimba, the proprietor Hotel Brovad have welcomed the establishment of the Valuation Court since the revised property rates are too high.
 

According to Kiyimba, under the new rate, property owners who were paying between 2 and 3 million Shillings are now expected to pay between 11 and 12 million.  Kiyimba says they want the Valuation Court to reduce the property rates.

 
Valuation Courts are provided for in the Local Government (Rating Act) 2005. Section 17 (1) of the act says "the Valuation Court shall consist of a chairperson and two members, at least one of them shall be a woman. It also requires that the chairperson of the Valuation Court is a chief magistrate, a magistrate grade one or an advocate of not less than five years' experience.

However, the act strictly notes that chief magistrate or magistrate should be appointed chairperson of the court without the consent from the principal judge.

 

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