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In Sierra Leone, Freetown Mayor Urges Citizens to Pay Local Tax
By Augustine Samba
Aug 7, 2013, 17:18
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The Mayor of Freetown City Council, Franklyn Bode Gibson, on Tuesday 6th August 2013 urged residents in the of municipality to pay their local tax and to further maintain cleaningness in the city.


His Lordship the Mayor made this call during a meeting held at the Freetown City Council yesterday, aimed at appealing to religious leaders, civil society organizations and tribal heads to join him in calling on members of the public to pay their local tax.

 

At the meeting, the Mayor said it is stipulated by law for all Sierra Leoneans to pay their local tax, city rates, licenses and other domestic taxes to the councils. He said it is disappointing to note that a good number of these Sierra Leoneans are blatantly refusing to honor this obligation, especially those residing in Freetown.


He said some months ago he distributed local tax receipt books to Local Councils and Ward Committees to sell to their inhabitants but that disappointingly, to date, there are still piles of local tax books lying down on the shelves of the councils.


The Mayor requested the support of tribal heads, religious leaders and civil society organizations to appeal to their compatriots to pay their local tax.


Furthermore, Mayor Gibson expressed grave concerns over the uncontrollable disposal of garbage across the municipality. He said the city is slowly becoming a dumping site for waste and garbage, whilst informing that very soon the council will start forcing people to comply with the laws of the land. He further revealed that very soon, council will commence a massive sensitization campaign aimed to educate residents on the need for them to pay their local tax and maintain cleaningness in the municipality.


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