Rakai District Council Approves UGX 36B Budget

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Rakai district local government on Thursday approved a budget of 36,042,018,000 billion shillings for the 2013/2014 fiscal year with more focus on improved livelihood of communities through properly identified and guided expenditure.

Rakai district local government on Thursday approved a budget of 36,042,018,000 billion shillings for the 2013/2014 fiscal year with more focus on improved livelihood of communities through properly identified and guided expenditure.
 
There has been an increase of 265,779,000 million shillings in the new financial year budget from 35,776,239,000 Billion shillings last financial year.
 
Special attention was put on improved health, agriculture, feeder roads improvement, increased production and productivity at household level, education services, and safe water provision through water harvesting.
 
While presenting the budget in a packed council hall, Joe Mukisa the District Secretary for Finance, Planning and Administration said the budget will be financed by local revenues, donor funds and central government.
 
Mukisa explained that the proposed Local Revenue for 2013/2014 Fiscal year is Shs1,154,329,000, Central Government Transfers Shs33,552,689,000 and donor funds Shs1,335,000,000.
 
The health sector was allocated (shs6,411,117,000Bn), Education (17,769,416,000Bn) Administration (3,332,444,000 Bn), Finance (827,383,000 M), Statutory Bodies (833,787,000 M), Production and Marketing (2,188,437,000Bn).
 
Roads and Engineering sector was allocated (2,391,905,000Bn), Water (826,131,000), Natural resources (654,120,000M), Community Based Services (286,663,000M) and Planning was allocated shs462, 492, 000 M.
 
He told the district council that they had put in place several strategies to improve in revenue collection in the 2012/2013 fiscal year which they will continue with in to enhance local generated revenue.
 
The cardinal strategies include improved techniques in collection of revenue from existing markets, stalls, landing sites, taxi parks and other licensable businesses. Another strategy is collection of property tax from valued properties in gazetted growth centres such as hotels and lodges eligible to pay the said tax.
 
Others include streamlining the actual realisation of Local Service Tax from salary earners for both government departments and the private sector. The last strategy is holding monthly local revenue mobilization meetings with Sub-county chiefs, sub-accountants and the other key stakeholders.
 
Mukisa further said that donor funds had declined from 350,969,000 million in 2011/2012 FY to 181,849,776 million in 2012/2013 FY. He explained that the district had also anticipated to receive shs1,046,660,000 billion from donors but some did not fulfil their obligations.
 
However, all councillors unanimously approved it without any queries.
 
Njuba Charles, the Kyebe Sub-county councillor says the budget was fair because his Sub-county benefited was allocated some funds to facilitate water projects, boreholes and roads maintenance.
 
He says there will be some improvement in the people’s livelihoods and appealed for more funded projects aimed to eradicate poverty in his area.
 
The district chairman Robert Benon Mugabi says that funding for all departments had a slight increase and hopes to have better service delivery in the district.
 
However, council also approved 7,392,874,113 billion as vote on account to enable the district operate for the period of three months until when councillors will pass it.
 
Mukisa explained that a vote on account is the money put aside to ensure that district activities such as payment of salaries and others keep running smoothly. The next council sitting will be in August.