The Commission on Revenue Allocation held a consultative meeting with the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) on Friday, April 1, 2022 to discuss the Recurrent Expenditure Budget Ceilings for County Governments for the Financial Year 2022/2023.
The consultations were held as part of the Commission’s stakeholder engagement ahead of tabling in Parliament of next year’s County Government’s Recurrent Expenditure Budget Ceilings.
Participants included CRA Commissioner Kishanto ole Suuji, the Commission CEO James Katule and the Deputy Director Parliamentary Budget Office Ms Lucy Makara, and officials from the Commission Secretariat and the PBO.
During the workshop, participants were informed that the purpose of the Recurrent Expenditure Budget Ceilings is to provide controls that balance expenditure and enhance fiscal discipline among devolved units.
“Every year the Commission recommends for Senate approval the recurrent expenditure budget ceilings for county governments. The ceilings cover both the County Executive and County Assembly and limit the amount of money a county can spend in its recurrent expenditure budget and personnel emoluments,” said Commissioner Kishanto ole Suuji.
The CEO James Katule informed members that in determining the Ceilings, the Commission reviews the Salaries Remuneration Commission (SRC) Circulars and Gazette Notices and other government documents that provide determinations and guidelines on remuneration and benefits for county staff, as outlined in Article 230 of the Constitution.
Deputy Director Lucy Makara said that the PBO is happy to have this meeting early before tabling in Parliament. “When the PBO works on the County Allocation of Revenue Act, 2023 and the budget ceilings, we will have a deeper understanding of the background behind the development of these ceilings,” she said.
The Commission’s Manager, Fiscal Affairs, Ms. Jane Maingi, made a presentation on the legal background for the ceilings, their trend over the years and the basis for developing the ceilings for Financial Year 2022/2023. She further noted that the Commission submitted the Recurrent Expenditure Budget Ceilings to the Senate on 21st December 2021.
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