Report: Machakos Revenue collection drops to a 4-year low

Machakos County Government continues to record a significant drop in revenue collection. This is according to the Half-year County Budget Implementation Review Report by the Controller of Budget.

The county recorded the least revenue collection in 4 years in the first half of the 2023/2024 Financial year.

“In the first half of FY 2023/24, the County generated a total of Kshs.295.25 million from its sources of revenue inclusive of FIF and ordinary AIA. This amount represented a decrease of 35.8 percent compared to Kshs.459.70 million realized in a similar period in FY 2022/23.” The controller of budget in the report says.

The controller of budget further notes that the revenue target of Kshs.4.11 billion seems unachievable considering the trend of own source revenue collection of Kshs.1.12 billion
and Kshs.1.43 billion for the previous financial years 2021/22 and 2022/23 respectively.

Overall, Machakos county was 4th last among the 47 counties in terms of development expenditure with a meager 5.2 percent as per the below chart.

In the Period, The County spent Kshs.4 billion on development and recurrent programs – Kshs.209.14 million and Kshs.3.79 billion on development and recurrent programs, respectively.

The controller of budget also raises concern over pending bills in the report saying, “At the beginning of FY 2023/24, the County Executive reported a stock of pending bills amounting to Kshs.3.07 billion. In the first half of FY 2023/24, pending bills amounting to Kshs.41.90 million were settled. Therefore, as of 31st December 2023, the outstanding amount was Kshs.3.03 billion.”

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