The county assembly of Nakuru has approved a KES 18.3 billion budget for the 2018/2019 financial year, paving way for the financing of most County operations and projects which had nearly been grounded due to lack of funds.
In the estimates approved by the County assembly on Wednesday evening, recurrent expenditures take a huge chunk of the budget worth KES 10.3 billion, translating to 56% of the total budget while development expenditure has been allocated a total of KES 8.02 billion translating to 43.8% of the total 2018/2019 budgetary estimates.
In departmental allocations, the health department takes the lion’s share of the county budget with a total of KES 5.9 billion being allocated to the critical sector.
While presenting the estimates in the Assembly, Budget committee chairman Moses Ndung’u said that the health sector in the County was facing a lot of challenges hence the huge allocation.
The County has allocated KES 53.8 million for the renewal of contracts for 327 health workers who are currently serving on contract terms, KES 81.3 million for the promotion of health workers and KES 1 million to cater for arrears of promoted healthcare workers who are demanding KES 3.2 million from the County.
In the 2018/19 budget, the office of the Governor has been allocated a total of KES 275.7 million, while the County assembly has been allocated KES 999.5 billion.
The County MCA’s have something to smile about after KES 1.1 billion was allocated to the ward resource development fund.
The budget also set aside KES 30 million to facilitate the construction of the Deputy Governor’s official residence while KES 40 million was allocated for the construction of the county treasury building.
In a bid to enhance the local revenue collected by the County government, the County assembly allocated KES 40 million for the development of the County revenue management system.
The county is also set to get a new cemetery land after the county assembly allocated KES 22 million to be used for purchasing a new cemetery land with KES 80 million being allocated for the rehabilitation of existing and construction of new markets.
Another KES 189.7 million was set aside to go towards the county debt resolution, with the assembly raising concerns over the ballooning county debt which the MCA’S said is greatly hampering development.
Other allocations in the budget include KES 667 million (water), 445 million (youth and sports), Education (645 million), Agriculture (947 million), Roads (1.2 billion), while the Lands docket received KES 1.3 billion.