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The District Vision

A healthy - well educated, productive and prosperous community

The District Mission

To deliver quality service to the people of Buliisa so as to promote equitable and sustainable social economic development.

Strategic Objectives

The overall goal of the district is to improve the social economic being of the people, and it will be attained through the following strategic objectives:

To enhance production, household  food security  and income levels

  • To contribute to the sustainable growth of the local economy taking into consideration all the interest groups.
  • To promote accessible and quality basic education
  • To improve access and quality preventive and curative health services
  • To combat HIV/AIDs, malaria and other communicable diseases
  • To provide essential infrastructure for development
  • To increase accessibility to safe water and sanitation
  • To address critical environmental concerns and ensure sustainable utilization of Natural resources.
  • To promote gender equality and empower marginalized groups
  • To strengthen partnership with development partners, Civil Society Organizations and the Private Sector Organizations.
  • To establish transparency and accountability at all levels of administration.
  • To promote participatory bottom-up planning
  • Ensuring proper operation and maintenance of infrastructure and other facilities
  • Improve staffing levels especially in the Health, Education and Production sectors.

Enhance Resource mobilization, local revenue enhancement and advocacy for increased funding. 

Sector Goals : Finance

a)      

To improve Efficiency and effectiveness in public expenditure management

b)      

Promote transparency and accountability of public finances

c)      

Promote  local revenue collection and accountability

d)      

Enhance the quality of public financial management and service delivery

Finance Sector Objectives.

 a)       Spending of public finances through the control system

b)      

Communicate the financial information monthly through financial reports

c)      

Account for all public finances  within the statutory budget lines

d)      

Collect 95% of budgeted local revenue

e)      

Spend over 70% of annual budget through procurement systems approved by PPDA

 

f)       

Train Heads of department and Accounts staff in proper public financial management practices

The sector is headed Politically by the secretary for Finance Hon Businge.

 

The Department is headed Technically by the Chief Finance Officer Mr Kibaratenda Arthur. 

Executive Summary to the 5 year DDP

The Local Government Act Article 36 (1) (Amendment Act 2006) and the decentralization policy devolved planning powers to local governments. The act under article 36 (3) provides that the district council shall prepare a comprehensive and integrated development plan incorporating plans of the lower local governments.

 The plan emphasizes the Council objectives, goals, priorities and strategies that have been put in place to enhance the socio-economic welfare of the people in the district. In the next 5 years, a lot of emphasis will be put on programmes that will increase the ability of the poor to raise their incomes and quality of their lives.

 

This plan has been prepared through a consultative process with the active participation of Lower Local Governments, NGOs/CBOs and other stakeholders in the district. The consultative process has been participatory and involved different stakeholders in foras like the budget conferences where development objectives, strategies and priorities were identified. This participatory process has generated useful ideas and insights for analyzing the present situation for purposes of directing the planning process.

Highlights of medium term revenue and expenditure estimates

Five Year Financing Plan for 2015/16 to 2019/20

Revenue Sources

Budget 2014/15 in 000s

Projected 2015/16 FY in 000s

Projected 2015/16 FY in 000s

Projected 2015/16 FY in 000s

Projected 2015/16 FY in 000s

Total

%ge share

Local Revenue

524,346

550,563

578,091

606,996

637,346

2,897,343

3.4

Discretionary Govt. Transfers

1,078,530

1,132,457

1,189,079

1,248,533

1,310,960

5,959,559

7.1

Conditional Govt. Transfers

6,901,520

7,246,596

7,608,926

7,989,372

8,388,841

38,135,255

45.1

Other Govt. Transfers

6,266,067

6,579,370

6,908,339

7,253,756

7,616,444

34,623,976

41.0

Local Development Grant (LGMSD)

309,609

325,089

341,344

358,411

376,332

1,710,785

2.0

Donor Funding

214,500

225,225

236,486

248,311

260,726

1,185,248

1.4

Total

15,294,572

16,059,301

16,862,266

17,705,379

18,590,648

84,512,165

100.0

 During the five year plan period, the district is projected to realize Ushs 84,512,165,000. Of the projected revenue, 95.2% is expected to be received from Central Government Transfers while local revenue and donor funding are expected to contribute 3.4% and 1.4% respectively.

Thus, the district will by and large depend on central Government transfers.

 Ever since graduated tax was abolished, local revenue in Buliisa has stagnated mainly due to the following reasons:

 ·         No significant amount of revenue is coming from fishing activities because of dwindling fish catch on Lake Albert and part of this revenue is centralised.

·        

Lack of some staff especially the parish chiefs who are directly involved in local revenue mobilisation.

·        

Failure to collect enough revenue because most of the communities lack sensitisation on benefit of payment of taxes

·        

Failure to collect money for royalties especially in areas like telecommunication masts and mineral resources.

·        

Lack of reliable data on the district revenue sources especially on business establishments

·        

Political leaders and technocrats do not carry out the same message during local revenue mobilisation. There is need to harmonise these messages on revenue collection.

 Strategies for increasing locally raised revenue are contained in the Local revenue enhancement plan appended. 

Departments

Budget 2015/16 in 000s

Projected 2016/17 FY in 000s

Projected 2017/18 FY in 000s

Projected 2018/19 FY in 000s

Projected 2019/20 FY in 000s

Total

%ge Allocation

Administration

858,581

901,510

946,586

993,915

1,043,611

4,744,202

5.6

Finance

355,584

373,363

392,031

411,633

432,215

1,964,826

2.3

Statutory Bodies

375,135

393,892

413,586

434,266

455,979

2,072,858

2.5

Production

401,288

421,352

442,420

464,541

487,768

2,217,370

2.6

Health

2,156,047

2,263,849

2,377,042

2,495,894

2,620,689

11,913,521

14.1

Education

3,773,377

3,962,046

4,160,148

4,368,156

4,586,563

20,850,290

24.7

Roads

4,418,450

4,639,373

4,871,341

5,114,908

5,370,654

24,414,725

28.9

Water

599,208

629,168

660,627

693,658

728,341

3,311,002

3.9

Natural Resource

1,026,646

1,077,978

1,131,877

1,188,471

1,247,895

5,672,867

6.7

 Community Services

1,108,823

1,164,264

1,222,477

1,283,601

1,347,781

6,126,947

7.2

Planning Unit

188,561

197,989

207,889

218,283

229,197

1,041,919

1.2

Internal Audit

32,872

34,516

36,241

38,053

39,956

181,639

0.2

Total

15,294,572

16,059,301

16,862,266

17,705,379

18,590,648

84,512,165

100.0

 It is projected that shs 84.5 billion will be spent in the 5 year period, of which roads and engineering will take a lion’s share of 28.9%, followed by education 24.7% and Health 14.1%.

Works/Technical services and Physical Planning will be boosted by the World Bank project that is expected to start next financial year 2015/16. 

Education and sports is projected to have the second highest budget during the plan period because of its high wage bill for primary school teachers, secondary school teachers.

The budget allocation to production and marketing is relatively low because the district has not received guidelines on OWC which replaced NAADS.

Departments without conditional grants from the centre like Finance, Internal Audit, Planning Unit are expected to have a very small budget allocations.

 OIn the projected expenditure, salaries and wages will take shs. 36.3 billion which is 43% of the total budget,  non wage recurrent  expenditure will take shs 18.6 billion which is 22% and development expenditure will take shs. 29.6 billion which is 35% of total expenditure as given in table above.  

Source DDP.