Counties in North Eastern have reported a drop in local revenue for the 2016/2017 quarter fiscal year.
Local revenue collection in Garissa County dropped by 28.2 percent from Sh105.9 million in 2015/2016 fiscal year to Sh81.9 million in the quarter year of 2016/2017.
According to the Annual County Governments Budget Implementation Review report for the quarterly 2016/2017 monetary Year, was against the yearly local revenue objective of Sh350 million.
The annual report stated that the county received sh Sh6.2 billion from revenue collected nationally, Sh499.8 million as total conditional allocations and raised Sh82 million from local revenue sources.
Mandera County underperformed in the local revenue collection from Sh88.23 million in FY 2015/2016 to Sh55.84 million in FY 2016/2017.
This stood for a 21 percent of the yearly local revenue goal of Sh265.64 million.
Mandera got Sh9.6 billion from national revenue kitty, Sh325.5 million as total conditional allocations and was only able to raise Sh55.8 million from local revenue sources.
According to the report Wajir County recorded a decline in revenue collection up from Sh80.44 million in the year 2015/2016 to Sh75.91 million in 2016/2017. This was against the annual local revenue goal of Sh230.12 million.
The report proposed that the counties should put together and execute strategies to boost local revenue collection.
According to the report Garissa County has a high wage bill totaling up to Sh2.8 billion in the 2016/2017 fiscal year from Sh2.3 billion last year.
The high wage bill increased by 21.6 percent and represented 38.7 percent of general expenditure.
The report said that the high wage bill is likely to affect execution of development projects. It recommended the County Public Service Board to set up an optimal staffing structure in order to guarantee a sustainable wage bill,” the report stated.
More than Sh124, 800 was spent on every MCA monthly sitting allowance against the suggested Salaries and Remuneration Commission’s amount of Sh133, 930 for each MCA.
The report proposed that the County Assembly should guarantee conformity with SRC guidelines on MCAs sitting allowances.