Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Kisumu to computerise revenue collection system

KISUMU county government is exploring the possibility of automating its revenue collection systems to prevent losses through tax collection.
Deputy governor Ruth Odinga yesterday said that the council will gain more with automation compared to the existing manual system. Officials are meeting with key revenue players to explore the possibility of computerising revenue collection systems in the county.
“This will significantly improve revenue collection because the automation will ensure accountability, reliability of data and embedded control mechanisms,” Ruth said.
She said the county government is committed to efficient service delivery. The deputy governor said that after an impromptu visit to some of the markets on a fact-finding mission, she found out that they are in poor conditions. She said they are striving to correct the situation.
“The problems encountered ranged from poor drainage systems, lack of proper sanitation, evasion by rate-payers, collusion between rate-payers and collectors and inadequate information on rate-payers,” she said. Other issues were forged receipting, duplication of receipts and diversion of funds.
Ruth attributed the inconsistency to lack of a comprehensive database on property, insufficient control systems in the collection chain and inadequate use of ICT.
Ruth said she has taken the “suspended the district revenue officer pending investigation into the alleged malpractice" after she inspected Awasi market.