Revenue collection in Bungoma county dropped by 40 per cent between April and June. Documents seen by the Star show that the county government collected Sh28 million in March.
However, the amount dropped to Sh17.8 million in April, Sh12.8 million in May and Sh12.7 in June.
Governor Kenneth Lusaka blamed the decrease on the reluctance by the tax collectors who were uncertain of their jobs after the county government took over.
He also blamed the drop on corrupt officials. Lusaka however said his government has taken measures to curb corruption.
"We have already introduced new receipts and are planning on modalities to automate our system to reduce corruption by our officials," he told the Senate Committee on Finance on Thursday.
The committee is going round the country to inspect the county governments. Members presents at the meeting included chairman Bellow Kerrow, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula and nominated senator Betarice Arachi
Kerrow said the county has potential to collect more revenue. Wetang'ula praised Lusaka for spending the money allocated to the county between March and June wisely.
"We want to thank the governor for giving priority to agriculture, roads and health," he said. The county government received Sh350 million during this period.