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  • A report from the Budget Comptroller indicates that revenue collections in all 47 counties fell by a total of Sh2 billion in the nine months through March.
  • This has been largely attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected various sectors of the economy and brought business to a standstill.
  • Counties can do much better at raising revenue if they apply ingenious ways to meet their stated goals.

A report from the Budget Comptroller indicates that revenue collections in all 47 counties fell by a total of Sh2 billion in the nine months through March.

This has been largely attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected various sectors of the economy and brought business to a standstill.

While the adverse effects the pandemic has had on the economy is quite understandable, counties can do much better at raising revenue if they apply ingenious ways to meet set goals.

The coronavirus has just exposed the underbelly of county economies. Even without taking into account the negative effects of the pandemic, most of the delegated units have not always met their revenue targets, and many of them are dependent on national government allocations.

This situation must change if they are to fulfill the purpose for which they were created.

Counties have enormous potential, and with diversified economies, the right leadership, and the right policies, they can be transformed into viable entities. If they consistently perform below average in revenue collection, they run the risk of becoming a threat to the national economy.

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