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Hanky-panky to get more costly as Sonko slaps hotel room tax

The Nairobi County government is set to increase daily parking fees and introduce a new charge for every bed in hotels operating in the city starting next month.

The new fee — to be known as city bed-occupancy levy — will see the county carry out a census to determine the number of beds in hotels across the county.

Finance and Economic Planning executive Charles Kerich, while reading the 2019/2020 financial year budget highlights on Tuesday, said the exact charge will be contained in the County’s Finance Bill, which will be tabled before the County Assembly at a later date.

“To improve service delivery, I shall be proposing to amend the relevant laws to introduce a city bed occupancy levy. We have our proposal but we will have to meet with the MCAs to agree on a charge,” said Mr Kerich.

He said daily parking fees will be increased from the current Sh200, a figure that he blamed for the drastic reduction in the county’s revenue collections.

The county also plans to levy charges on online businesses operating in the county. Mr Kerich said the executive will be initiating amendments to its revenue laws to rope in online trading into the county’s revenue basket.

The county government will also introduce specific charges for waste generated by private businesses, schools and households.