Friday, June 1, 2018
Government clarifies reasons to monopolise some sources of incomes
The government has clarified clearly the basic reasons why it had snatched away some income sources used to be charged by district councils and now these are currently managed and controlled by the central government. The deputy minister for Finance and Economic planning Dr. Ashatu Kijaji elaborated early this week in parliament by saying that, the taking away of some sources of income from the district councils is entirely aimed at increasing efficiency which eelier seemed to be deteriorating. She was responding to the supplementary question which was earlier raised by Rombo legislator Joseph Selesini (Chadema) who wanted to know why the government took away some important income generating activities such as the property tax which was used to be taxed by the district and municipal councils in the country. A supplementary question was also asked by a special seat legislator Suzan Ngokulima (CCM) who wanted to know plans by government of strengthening its efforts to increase revenue collection of the district councils in then country.
Responding to this question, the deputy minister noted that, the government has put in place a strategic plan that would enable increase the income taxes by creating conducive environment which would enable investors be attracted to a business development plan. Another supplementary was raised by Ngara legislator (CCM) Alex Ngashaza who wanted to know any action taken by the government against district executives who do not want tyo follow directives issued by the government which required them to make a flat rate of Tshs. 10,000/-of the property tax to structures which are not valued. Responding to this, the deputy minister noted that, this is illegal and has cautioned the district t authorities to stop immediately as under the payment schedules on flat rate systems was passed by the parliament and therefore all executives must honour this, and should any one who tend to go against it legal measures should be taken against.