KCCA to Raise UGX 40bn in Property Revenue

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Kampala Capital City Authority projects to collect 40 billion shillings in property rates from over 15,000 buildings situated in the city. The property assessment which started in May 2016 has been carried out by KCCA valuation surveyors. The last valuation assessment was done in 2005. Though the law requires valuation assessment to be carried out every five years, city leadership under the defunct Kampala City Council did not do the assessment.

Kampala Capital City Authority projects to collect 40 billion shillings in property rates from over 15,000 buildings situated in the city.

The city authority has released the draft roll of property rates they have computed. Building owners have been given a month to go and check information attached to their property and submit complaints before the preparation of the final list.

Addressing media today, the KCCA revenue collection manager Ezra Ssebuwufu said the property rate charged by the authority is six percent of the rate-able value of properties assessed. The rateable value is 76 percent of the annual revenue that building owners collects from tenants. 24 percent is left for the owner to cater for utility bills and renovation.

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The valuation process is guided by the Kampala Capital City Authority Act 2010 and the Local Government (Rating) Act 2005.

The property assessment which started in May 2016 has been carried out by KCCA valuation surveyors. The last valuation assessment was done in 2005. Though the law requires valuation assessment to be carried out every five years, city leadership under the defunct Kampala City Council did not do the assessment.

During the 2004 property assessment exercise, over 9,000 building were evaluated but the figure has since increased to over 15,000 buildings in the central business district.

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According to the Local Government (Rating) Act 2005 a number of properties are exempted from paying the tax. These include; official residence of the President; official residence of a traditional or cultural leader, properties used exclusively for public worship and any property used as a cemetery or as a crematorium.

Other properties include those used for the purposes of any charitable or educational institution, outdoor sports or recreation properties, local council properties, diplomatic mission properties and international organisations that are recognised by the government of Uganda.

Residential owner occupied properties are also exempted from attracting property rates.

Fred Andema, KCCA revenue deputy director, said the list of assessed properties was published in the Uganda Gazette on Friday. The final valuation of the assessed properties will be determined by an independent court which will also take into account concerns raised by the public.

Andema said property owners should check the list at KCCA offices at City Hall to ascertain whether the particulars in the valuation roll are accurate. KCCA anticipate to start collecting property revenue as per the new valuation in June this year.

 

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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.