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Sierra Leone News: City Council collects over Le135m tax in 4 months

Freetown City Council have collected Le135 million in local taxes, in just four months – July to October 2018, compared to Le43 million collected for the whole of 2017. This is a 300% increase over the whole of 2017. “Collecting local tax more efficiently means having more resources with which to deliver better services to the residents of Freetown,” said Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown. She spoke at the launch of Sierra Leone’s first phone-based tax collection system in Freetown last Friday, 26th October 2018. This new payment system will help the council collect more taxes. The new payment system will enable residents in Freetown to pay their local tax of Le5,000 using an app called Africell Money, provided by the mobile phone company – Africell. With just five easy steps which begin with dialling the Africell Money short code (*161#) and ends with receiving a confirmation text message. Mayor Aki-Sawyerr said that the Freetown City Council (FCC) will continue to serve its residents by providing solutions to challenges to achieve improvements in the eleven priority sectors outlined in the Transform Freetown Framework document. These priority sectors for development include, environmental management, urban planning and housing, education, skills development, job creation with a tourism focus and sanitation. However, in order to deliver much needed services to the residents of Freetown, FCC needs to increase its revenue generation and collection, she said. The local tax mobile money service for Orange mobile phone customers will be launched this November. Ibrahim Bureh of the Local Government Finance Department, Ministry of Finance, spoke about the potential for this new local tax mobile payment system to be adopted by other councils across the country.

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Friday November 02, 2018.

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