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Wage bill for City Hall staff set to increase by Sh1bn

The wage bill for Nairobi County government has risen by Sh1.05 billion in its 2017/18 financial budget estimates.

In the ambitious Sh35.9 billion budget, City Hall will increase the provision of salaries by Sh800 million to cater for the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Kenya County Government Workers Union.

Sh252 million will pay for the recruitment of 600 additional inspectorate team.

The county will spend Sh 24.109 billion on recurrent with Sh15.4 billion or 43 per cent of the total revenue going towards salaries as development takes Sh11.8 billion.

BLOATED WORKFORCE

Speaking during a public participation forum, county finance executive Gregory Mwakanongo said that the county was struggling with a bloated workforce and targets to reduce the number through voluntary retirement.

“To curb the wage bill, the county will clean up the payroll, adopt technology, limiting employment to unavoidable demands, preparing a sendoff package to motivate early retirement of less productive staff and proper and efficient management of hiring effective casual workers,” said Mwakanongo.

The county has also decided not to raise any rates and fees payable to the city but, instead will work on enhancing the internal revenue collection which is targeting Sh20.17 billion.

RAISE REVENUE

The county expects to raise internal revenue from land rates whose target is Sh5.5 billion, parking fees at Sh3.5 billion, single permits at Sh3.63 billion, building permits Sh1.7 billion, billboards and advertising Sh1.2 billion others incomes will raise Sh3.47 billion.

The county will also expect from external revenue a target of Sh15.7 billion whereby equitable share is projected at Sh14.96 billion, free maternal care of Sh303 million, compensation for user fee forfeited Sh73 million and road maintenance levy Sh394 million.