Bungoma county government has announced hundred percent waiver of accrued penalities on Land rates.
Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati has directed his officers to waive the rates to enable land and property owners to pay their rates on time and avoid accrued penalities.
According to the circular by Bungoma county Lands, Urban/Physical Planning Chief Officer George Kombo dated October 6, stated that they had 100% waived accrued penalties on land rates.
“The county government wishes to inform residents and property owners that the governor has granted a 100% waiver on interest and penalities on outstanding land rates owed to the devolved unit,” read the circular.
He said the bills and invoices are available at any nearest sub county revenue office.
“The payments can be made to the following bank accounts; Kenya Commercial Bank-1177737930Cooperative Bank-01141669167100National Bank -01001113676000Equity Bank -0480261006908,” read the circular.
Kombo warned that the county government will reinstate penalities and interest for unpaid plot rates accounts and institute both administrative and legal mechanisms to recover the arrears in full.
Revenue director CPA Ambrose Makokha stated that they are digitizing their systems to help minimize corruption.
Makokha stated that through the automation of the revenue system it will guarantee 100 percent channeling of all revenue collected as the tax collectors have gadgets that is linked direct to the main server at the revenue offices.
“With the automation of our system, our officers are able to account for every receipt issued, this has minimized corruption and increased the revenue collected, we have seen a tremendous growth in revenue collection since we digitized our operations,” he said.
Addressing the press in his office, Makokha called on business owners to cooperate with the revenue collection officers by paying their rates on time to give them a humble time in running their businesses.
“Soon we will have 100 officers assigned to the revenue department to help us in enforcing the law so that those who are fond of dodging making payments to the county government are forced to do so,” he said.
Makokha emphasised on the need of business people and property owners to create a mutual working relationship with the revenue officers to avoid penalities that can be placed on them due to late payments.
Anne Khisa, the revenue ICT manager said that they are finalizing automating their system to enable them have a good customer care with their clients.
“We are transferring data from older system to the new one so that our customers are able to make their payments through their phones without necessarily visiting the offices with cash,” she stated.