Lion’s share“The Department of Health took the lion’s share of the budget at 31.1 per cent followed by the Department of Lands, Housing and Physical Planning at 13 per cent and the Department of Infrastructure at 11.9 per cent. “The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources took eight per cent, Education and ICT seven per cent, Finance and Economic Planning 6.2 per cent and the county assembly was allocated 5.8 per cent,” said Mr Karuri. Compared to the previous financial year, total revenue is projected to grow by 7.96 per cent to Sh1.1 billion. The committee expressed fears that the implementation of the Public Service Superannuation Scheme Act No.8 of 2012 that became effective on July 1, which affects civil servants who were devolved to counties, would put a heavy burden on the budget. “This will present a major fiscal risk in terms of how projected liabilities are to be funded, the burden on future budgets and the welfare of personnel retiring from county public service,” the chairman said. Another challenge predicted by committee members in implementing the 2019/2020 budget is that of Sh2 billion in pending bills that have not been verified. According to the estimates, the eligible bills total Sh268,132,025 of which Sh95,470,042 was paid in the 2018/2019 fiscal year leaving a balance of Sh172,661,983. “This balance coupled with the pending bills amounting to over Sh2 billion that are not verified pose a contingent liability likely to affect the county budget framework,” the committee said.