Nairobians set to pay more as tax increase proposed for parking, hawking, preaching, cemetery
Nairobi city residents are set to pay more
for services from the county government if proposals in the county's Finance
Bill are adopted.
Bill sets out areas that the county will target as it seeks to increase revenue
county's proposals will affect among other things, parking, market rates, and
even mortuary and cemetery charges.
Magu, a reformed street boy, ekes a life out of hawking sweets in Nairobi’s CBD
where he says he makes about Ksh.150 on a good day, money that he says sustains
him in the city.
heri ninunue hii sweeti sooh, niingie hapa niuze kenye napata naridhika, nyumba
inafaa ilipwe, nafaa kung'ara,” Magu said.
he says he pays, when he can, the hawking fees as charged by the county
government at Ksh.30; this fee is set to go up if the proposed Nairobi County
Finance Bill 2023 is passed.
Bill proposes a raft of measures aimed at raising Ksh.19.9 billion as their own
revenue; Magu says this will drive him back to a life of crime on the streets.
gava inadaisha watu walipe taxes, saa mii na hii sooh nikilipa nikama nafanyia
tu gava job,” he said.
residents are likely to feel the pinch if the proposed Bill becomes law; it contains
a raft of proposals that will see the cost of living for Nairobians rise even
accessing parking in the city will have to adjust their budgets as Governor
Johnson Sakaja's government will increase the fees in non-automated areas
within the CBD from Ksh.200 to 300 per day.
county also seeks to introduce automated parking areas where motorists will pay
Ksh.100 for the first hour, with a charge of Ksh.50 applied for every extra
tuk, boda bodas, and scooters parking outside the CBD will pay a monthly fee of
Ksh.1,000, while lorries measuring up to 5 tons will pay an annual fee of Ksh.112,500;
those above 5 tons, an annual fee of Ksh.225,000, and non-PSV buses will pay
Ksh.675,000 for on-street parking.
in the county government's managed parks will also have to pay for the
privilege of using the facilities for their work with those preaching in Jevanjee
parting with Ksh.500 to preach at lunchtime, while those using City Park will
in the county's markets will cost traders 10% more than they are currently
paying, while the cost of running an alcohol-selling premises is set to double
if the Bill is passed.
cost of death in the city is also set to rise if and when the Bill passes.
Services offered at the county's mortuary are set to go up right from storage
of bodies, to internment with an adult's permanent grave now going for
Ksh.30,500 and an infant costing Ksh.15,500.
residents living in county houses will have to contend with higher rent as the
Bill proposes a hike of between 10 and 25 per cent of the current rates
depending on the location of the houses while introducing a Ksh.15,000 tenant
also introduces a fee for content creators filming in the city and its parks,
with those wishing to shoot a music video in the refurbished Uhuru Park parting
with Ksh.5,000 per hour, while commercial videos at the park will cost
Ksh.10,000 per hour.
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