July 17, 2018
President Julius Maada Bio yesterday honoured his local tax obligation by paying for and receiving from Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer, the new Local Tax Receipt at State House.
Mayor Aki-Sawyer remarked that the gesture by President Bio would enhance revenue mobilisation for the Freetown City Council, adding that the local tax will be sold at Le 5,000. She said that every Freetown resident should be able to afford the amount for the betterment of the capital city.
The tax will target property rate, business men and the ordinary man, she said and urged residents to comply.
“Every Freetown resident should pay their taxes to make Freetown one of the beautiful places. If no one goes to ask you to pay your local tax, it is incumbent upon all and sundry to go to the City Council office and pay their taxes. Revenue from those taxes will be used for their intended purposes,” Mayor Aki-Sawyer assured.
Being the first to pay for the 2018 Local Tax, President Bio welcomed the Mayor and her team to his office, stating that it was the responsibility of every Freetown resident to support the municipal council’s effort to make the city very attractive.
The President also urged everyone to be willing to pay their taxes, adding that the various councils in the country depend largely on revenue mobilisation.