21 September 2012

Gambia: BAC to Expedite Action On Rates, Tax Collection

The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Brikama Area Council (BAC) has said that strict measures will be put in place to ensure the timely collection of rates and taxes at the Council. Tamba S Kinteh made this remark at his office on Monday during an interview with the Daily Observer.

He said that the revenue base of the Council could be highly expanded to generate more income for the Council, and that they want to ensure that maximum revenue is collected. He disclosed that they are coming up with a mechanism to value all the properties of the people. This, he said, will help the Council ensure a timely settlement of its bills to other service providers like Nawec, where they pay close to D1M every month.

Kinteh also hailed the management of the Council for signing an MoU with Guaranty Trust Bank for a direct payment of bills, saying it will help the Council to detect leakages in the collection of rates and taxes."The Council is also faced with inflation which is growing high with low rates," he added.

Rates and tax

The BAC CEO stressed that for the Council to deliver as expected and make huge returns in development for the tax payers, the people of the region must nurture the culture of timely settling of their rates and taxes to the Council. He said this will enable the Council to provide them with the necessary services. "This is why we are now planning to come up with the system of valuing properties.The valuation of properties will bring to light a fair payment of taxes according to their sizes and income," he added.

Environment and sanitation

West Coast is the biggest and the most populous region in the country. It is also the region with the highest rate of household refuse collection, particularly Brikama. CEO Kinteh said environment and sanitation would be his high priority areas as well as agriculture and education, which are integral areas he found the Council working hard on.

He said these areas have prompted the Council to prepare a work plan and when that plan is finalised, the Council will be focusing on targets that will be produced jointly by the Council and its stakeholders. Kinteh then used the opportunity to call on the people of the West Coast Region to stay focused and ready for development by settling their rates on time. He also commended the management of the Council for their development strives.

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