City residents will be forced to dig deeper in their already overstretched pockets following the County Treasury’s decision to introduce new levies and higher taxes in some sectors through a proposed Finance Bill.
According to the county government, the move is aimed at bridging the 2018/2019 budget deficit.
In the proposed Bill, the county government has announced new rates for garbage collections that will now target even schools.
Day primary, nursery and daycares with over 850 students will be required to pay up to Sh30,000 per month for garbage collection while boarding primary, secondary, universities and colleges with students above 2,000 will be required to pay up to Sh65,000.
The county government will charge will be Sh100 per month for garbage collection for homes in informal settlements, Sh300 for middle case estates and Sh500 per month for high-end suburbs.
SONKO INCREASES PARKING FEES
Motorists who park their vehicles in the Central Business District (CBD) will also pay more for parking if the Bill is effected.
The Bill proposes that parking fees be increased to Sh 400 up from Sh 300 for saloon cars. large body vehicles such as trailers will be required to pay Sh6, 000 for parking and offloading, Lorries Sh4, 000 and canters Sh2, 000.
Boda-bodas operating from the CBD will be required to pay a monthly fee of Sh1000 each while tuk-tuks operating outside the CBD will have to part with sh1,500 monthly. Public Service Vehicles wishing to reserve space in the CBD will also pay Sh250,000 per year.
Sonko had promised to bring the parking fees down during his campaigns and was very vocal in condemning former governor Evans Kidero when he hiked the fees to Sh 300 up from Sh 150 during his tenure.