A section of councilors from Rubaga division petitioned the Speaker of Parliament seeking exemption from Pay as you earn (PAYE) tax.
The councilors made the request during a courtesy call on Speaker Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga on Monday.
Musa Mbaziira who led the delegation said as councilors they do not earn a salary but a string of allowances which nevertheless are heavily taxed.
Key, among these he pointed out the mobilization fund which is meant to cater for community activities.
“For us we mobilize our communities using that small fund called mobilization fund, but it is being taxed. It has been taxed for eight years now”, Mbaziira said.
He adds that they have tried meeting relevant authorities but have been told that it is subject to policy deliberations.
Speaking on behalf of councilors, Mbaziira asked that they be exempted from meeting this tax.
In response Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said she is going to raise this issue with respective authorities notably the ministry of finance and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
Since this issue also affects village councilors, the speaker said, it needs to be addressed across the board.
“I think we need to handle it comprehensively. Even the ones who receive 20,000 are also taxed”
Besides taxation, the Councilors want power devolved from city hall to division headquarters.
They say the current political structure does not favor the common man.
As such, they want division urban councils to take decisions relating to finance, planning and budgeting.
Mbaziira the Kabowa parish councilor says “As division leaders we did not have any input in implementing budget 2018/19.”
Once power is decentralized, he says garbage collection and implementation of infrastructural projects will significantly improve.