GULU. Road works and engineering have taken the highest percentage of Gulu Municipality’s Shs39 billion budget, according to revenue and expenditure estimates for 2017/2018 financial year.
According to the budget estimates laid before the council by Pauline Lukwayi, the secretary for Finance and Investment at Gulu District council hall on Tuesday, road works and engineering has been allocated 47 per cent, translating into Shs18.218 billion.
Ms Lakwayi, who also doubles as the Gulu Municipal Council deputy mayor, said Shs5.6 billion, representing 15.4 per cent will be realised from the local revenue and the 85.5 per cent (Shs33 billion) will be met by the central government.
Under Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) fund with support from the World Bank, a total of 4.06KM roads within the town council will be upgraded to bitumen standard.
There are 10 roads under this USMID phase 1B project, according to the Gulu Municipal Council officials.
Education comes second with 24 per cent, (Shs8b), followed by production and marketing (Shs5.1b) and Finance (Shs2.2 b) in that order.
Others are, Administration (Shs1.9b), Health (Shs1.1b), Community based services (Shs982m) and statutory bodies ( Shs909m).
The least funded priorities according to the 2017/2018 budget estimates are planning (Shs204 million), natural resources (Shs133 million) and internal audit (Shs124 million).
The increase in the Indicative Planning Figure (IPF) in the new financial year starting July 2017 has been attributed to transfers through Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID)and Urban Discretionary Development Equalization Grant.
Gulu Municipal Council will receive Shs20.6 billion under USMID and additional Shs860.6 million under Urban Discretionary Development Equalisation Grant.
Other sources of the local revenues are, market gate collection ( Shs938 million), business licenses ( Shs1.1 billion), property related duties ( Shs 722 million), sale of non-produced government property (Shs574 million) and local service tax ( Shs329 million)
The town clerk, Mr Francis Baranawe, called on the councilors to mobilise and sensitise the residents on the importance of paying taxes.