31 August 2013

Tanzania: City Council Doubles Revenue in Six Months

Arusha City Council has successfully increased its revenue from Shs. 400 million to more than Shs 700 million a month during the last six months by consolidating internal sources.

This means now the city largely relies on its own sources in implementing its projects.

The increase in income follows streamlined collection of money from the various sources and plugging pilferage loopholes that earlier led to huge amounts of money not finding their way to the city council coffers.

The success in revenue collection was revealed by the City Executive Director, Ms. Sipora Liana when addressing reporters last week. She also mentioned some of the challenges she faced in her effort to boost the Council's revenue.

Ms. Liana said that it was only five months since she was transferred to the Arusha City Council but she has to a large extent been able to plug loopholes that earlier led to loss of revenue.

She said when she started working in Arusha, she found that the Council had been collecting only about Shs. 400 million per month, but now she has set effective strategies for managing revenue collection including appointing a special team, to oversee the exercise, in which she is the chairperson.

With the funds that the council has succeeded to collect within the short time, The council has set priorities in various areas including procurement of machinery, construction of roads and purchase of trucks for carrying garbage.

Ms. Liana also added that through the funds they would also afford to buy two tar plants for constructing city roads.

The council has also allocated Shs. 658 million for constructing 37 classrooms in order to accommodate all students who are selected to join form. Plans are underway to construct laboratories in schools.

As revenue is expected to hit the Shs. 800 million mark a month by December this year, the council is bracing to improve market places and establish car parks, which will further boost income.

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