Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) had its projected property revenue from the central business district more than double to Shh21b this financial year, up from Shs9b the Authority raised in the year 2005.
On July 1 last year, KCCA began the valuation of properties in the central division, with over 15,000 properties estimated to raise Shs21b in the financial year 2017/18, 40 percent of which has been collected.
Fred Andema, the KCCA acting director revenue says the improved growth will help the Authority provide improved services for city dwellers including garbage collection, street lighting and maintenance of street drainage channels. Other issues to be addressed include schools, hospitals and roads.
KCCA’s valuation of properties in Kampala is being done alongside another process of property identification, where houses are assigned numbers, roads naming and installation of street lights. However, the Authority is yet to finalise assessment of over 80,000 properties in Nakawa Division.
Asuman Basalirwa, the Chairperson of the Valuation Court says landlords who are not contented with the valuation rates of their buildings always lodge their complaints to the court which sits and addresses them. He says many of them have been deposed of through dialogue and litigation.
In February 2018 KCCA published a draft valuation list for properties in 23 parishes located in the central division. Some of the parishes include Kisenyi I, Kololo I, Kololo II, Industrial Area, Kagugube, Mengo, Kitante, Lugogo, Nakasero I and Old Kampala, among others.
However, a person is not entitled to be heard by the Valuation Court unless he has lodged a notice of objection within the stipulated time of 30 days.