The deputy Lord Mayor Doreen Nyanjura has highlighted a number of challenges which are faced by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Evaluation Court, saying there is a lot of support that is needed for the progress of the court.
Some of these basic challenges include; office space, remuneration structure, among others but she assured the court of support.
Nyanjura made the remarks while officiating at the launch of the Valuation Court Sessions for Kampala Central Division in the Lord Mayor’s Parlor at City Hall.
She emphasized that the selection and appointment of the current members of the Valuation Court were based on the need to find competent, transparent and incorruptible individuals from whom KCCA shall not demand too much when asking for justice and fairness.
The executive director who was represented by Grace Akullo, the director Administration and human resource said that they expect equity, integrity and social justice to prevail as the Valuation Court executes its mandate.
The Chairman of the Valuation Court, Samuel Muyizzi Mulindwa assured all city dwellers with objections that the Court will serve with impartiality and justice shall prevail.
The City Valuation Court is tasked with settling disputes arising out of levy of property rates by the City Council.
The Court that has powers similar to those of a Magistrate’s court will listen to property tax queries.
After valuation, the Court could reduce the rates in case it finds merit in the arguments of the complainants. Its decisions are only reviewed by the High court.
The court is also mandated to rule on the reviews of the values, as well as declaring tax exemptions where it deems necessary.
The Lord Mayor previously proposed a banded system of property rates taxation which is derived from the principle of fair taxation that guides the tax regime and one of the principles of fairness.
The band is aimed at relieving the urban poor from paying taxes in line with other taxes with thresholds like Pay As You Earn (PAYE)