Members of the public have been called upon to come out and air their views as public participation on Siaya County Land Valuation Roll officially kick off in Alego/Usonga sub-County today.
The Lands Department in collaboration with Public Participation Unit of the Governance Department have invited members of the public and stakeholders to submit their views on the evaluation roll draft in the next several days.
Residents of the six sub-Counties of Siaya County including Alego Usonga, Ugenya, Ugunja, Gem, Bondo and Rarieda will in the next 6 days get a chance to give their inputs in regards to the evaluation that seeks to boost lands revenue.
As soon as the public participation is concluded, the lands committee will proceed to report writing and table the views on the floor of the assembly. A valuation roll contains information on all rateable properties in an urban centre.
According to Lands Chief officer Walter Okello, if the public endorses the draft roll, the County Government shall increase it’s revenue collection base from the current KShs. 100 million to KShs. 300 million annually.
Okello said the aim of the fora is to allow the public to listen to the processes of preparing a valuation roll, the existing listings, and framework and in case of any dispute, a provision of a legal framework for dispute resolution.
“We shall use the forum to show how inspection is done for people to know whether their properties are listed properly in terms of size and value,” he added. For counties to run effectively, they must enhance own source revenue hence the intention to charge a certain amount of shillings on properties owned by people and then remit it as a revenue.
“Five years ago, the County started the process of coming up with a new valuation roll. The new valuation roll is now ready. The updating of the valuation roll will translate into more revenue for Siaya,” said Okello. The document will not only help the county generate revenue but also help the public define the value of the property.
In case one wants to put up a building in future or sell land, they will be clear on the value the lands attracts after this exercise.
He added that Siaya lands owners owe the County KShs. 200 million and a 30 days’ notice had been issued failure to which the businesses were to be closed.
“We are happy to note that some of the defaulters have responded positively and paid their lands rates.” noted Mr. Okello.