Showdown looms over tea land rates (Kericho County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Nikko Tanui] A stalemate between the Kericho County Government and multinational tea companies over Sh1 billion land rates seems to be headed to a dispute resolution tribunal. This follows a pronouncement by the County Finance Executive Charles Birech that a land evaluation roll has been conducted and they were ready to…


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Kajiado slashes land rates by 65 percent

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Stanley Ngotho] Kajiado County has reduced land rates by 65 percent to promote compliance. The new rates formula follows a standoff between the county government and land owners in the last few months especially in satellite towns. They had been opposed the proposed rates and what they felt was ‘arm-twisting’ by…


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Parliament, Nairobi County in Sh300 million land rates dispute

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Kamau Muthoni] Parliament yesterday moved to court in a bid to bar City Hall from demanding Sh399 million in unpaid land rates. Through its lawyer Anthony Njoroge, the August House told the court that it cannot pay money, seeing as the land in question is public. Nairobi County wants Parliamentary Service…


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Nairobi County proposal to raise land rates by at least 50pc

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Benard Sanga] Property owners in Nairobi could end up paying 50 per cent more in land rates if MCAs approve a proposal by the county government to review the land valuation roll. Nairobi City County Government officials yesterday said they intend to cap land rates at 0.13 per cent of a…


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Egerton could lose land over Sh856m tax debt (Baringo County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Julius Chepkwony] Egerton University risks losing a 642-hectare piece of land after the taxman demanded its title deed over Sh856 million tax arrears. The land is located in Marigat, Baringo County. This was revealed through court documents that the university has filed in response to a suit brought against it by…


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Meru residents oppose county’s new land rates

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Phares Mutembei] A group of landowners in Meru County has protested the county government’s plan to increase land rates. The landowners who are channeling their complaints under the aegis of the Miiriga Mieru Miunda Land Owners Association said they will resist the plan by the county to revise land rates upwards.…


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Article: Properties taxes can boost county revenues – Gatuyu Justice

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Gatuyu Justice] One of the prerequisites of successful devolution in Kenya is financial stability of county governments. This would enable them to efficiently discharge their functions. There are five main funding streams for counties. These include equitable share of revenue raised nationally, conditional and unconditional grants from national government, equalisation fund…


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Plot owners to lose land over unpaid rates (Tana River County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Hassan Barisa] The county government and the National Land Commission (NLC) have started repossessing undeveloped plots whose owners have not paid land rates. The properties were allocated by defunct Tana River County Council.The two institutions have issued a 30-day ultimatum to landowners to pay accumulated land rates in full failure to…


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