Revenue Enhancement and Local Economic Development in Kiambu County
Improving service delivery and urban development in Kenya
Support provided by UN-Habitat
Capacity-building support was provided to the Kiambu County Government. The project focused on improving the tax base, revenue and asset management and local economic development. The technical assistance included: human resource training, ICT facility improvement and infrastructure development as well as legal and organizational support for restructuring the county’s tax system.
The project contributed to the implementation of the County Government of Kiambu’s full automation of the revenue collection and monitoring system, and pilot for structured tax bases on property.
The County Government of Kiambu automated collection of fees that resulted in significant increase – from 1.2 billion shillings to 2.1 billion shillings – in revenue collection in 2015/16, increased accountability and transparency in the governance of revenue mobilization in the county.
As a result, more reliable data on land values, rates and collection was availed a revenue potential from land rates of at least 8 Billion shillings each was 15 revealed after 29,550 privately owned parcels of land were identified and zoned. Finally, a legislative bill to support adoption of Zone rating and a pilot in Thika Sub County is at the county assembly level for processing.