HO W:Assembly records low rate in revenue mobilization
The Ho West District Assembly’s effort in revenue mobilization this year was realised as poor, as it was unable to make any impressive and significant mark with respect to its targeted revenue set for the period under review on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
A comprehensive report presented by the DCE for the area, Mr Samuel Ewoade during the Assembly’s Third Ordinary meeting of the second session of the first batch of the Assembly, clearly showed an abysmal performance index of the total collection made for the period 1st July -31st October 2012.
The aggregated collection of revenue for the period was recorded as GHS 200,009.82 as against the approved estimates or budget of about GHS 645,282.30, which represented a 30.10% rate.
However, on some revenue heads like Sales of goods and services, as well as grants the Assembly was able to realize some gains with the total collection rate of GHS 5,259.00 of the estimated budget of GHS 8,982.50 and GHS 64,412.77 of the budgeted amount of 468,311.73 respectively.
The co-ordinate report of the executive committee submitted by the DCE, thus identified certain setbacks such as virtual lack of revenue data on all revenue heads, lack of control over some of the markets, lack of awareness of tax-payers on their responsibilities, collection malpractices, and hostile attitude of tax-payers amongst others as the main issues hampering the performance of the Assembly in revenue mobilization.
But, Mr. Ewoade addressing the situation called for concerted efforts of all stakeholders including Assembly staff, Assembly members, traditional leaders, market queens and tax-payers to reverse the trend and put solutions to the matter.