FCC on Robust Revenue Collection
The Management and staff of the Freetown City Council (FCC) has engaged on a robust revenue mobilization drive across the Western Area for 2014. (Photo: Duba Navo, Head Of Licenses Department FCC)
According to the Head of Licenses Department FCC, Duba Navo, she revealed that council is on the process of the enforcement of revenue collection and mobilization drive within the city, and they are moving round, cross checking business houses, residentials that have not yet paid their city rates for 2014.
Navo stressed that the enforcement process will ensure that people pay their rates and taxes which are their social and civic responsibilities, in order to ensure that people must pay taxes for council to discharges its social and other responsibilities.
She however recalled that they have issued a demand note to the general public since January to March this year, but a good number of people have refused to pay their taxes, and the Council Act of 2004 gives them the power to enforce the laws, close down business places, houses etc that are not in compliance with council.
To the records of those that have paid taxes on their own volution, the council is yet to reach its budget target for the year, as the turn out for payment is still average, according to bank statements, adding that the Act also gives Council the power to levy finds or jail term on people who will refused to pay taxes, noting that late last year they have name and shame people who refused to pay their taxes, and at the end of this year they will continue to name and shame people again.
The Head of Licenses noted that the enforcement exercise is an on going process in the West and Central Areas of the City.
She appealed to members of the public not to pay taxes to council workers, but rather they should go the banks or the Freetown City Council Headquarters at Wallace Johnson Street to make their payment, as they want to ensure transparency and accountability within Council’s administration.
By Zainab F. Kanu, Freetown City Council
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