County government seeks to expand tax base
SEE ALSO :Kisumu: Afri-cities forum to cost Sh900mTraders seeking to establish liquor stores or acquire single business permits are also expected to bear the brunt of new taxes, as the county government targets to raise an additional Sh9 million and Sh5 million respectively. In the current financial year, the county hiked taxes for different categories of traders by between 50 per cent and 100 per cent, a decision that sparked uproar from a section of traders. The new taxes affected almost all sectors including the health sector, where the county introduced Sh5,000 maternity charges, which flies in the face of the national government’s free maternal care policy. With introduction of the UHC programme where Kisumu is one of the counties implementing its pilot phase, questions are being asked why the county is projecting to increase its revenue by Sh300,000. Interviews with a number of residents, however, established that they were unhappy with what they termed laxity of the county government to tax other categories of traders like boda boda operators.