Mbarara district Local Government (LG) has registered an increase by 5 billion on the budget for the financial year 2021/22 totaling to 32 billion as compared to this yet to end 2020/21 financial year.
This was disclosed by the district secretary for finance Bazil Bataringaya on Thursday May 6 during a budget reading at the district council hall.
“This years budget has increased by 5 billion from UShs 27 bn this financial year to UShs 32 billion next financial year,” he said.
During the budget reading, the council allocated ugx13 billion (45%) to the education sector making it first priority in the financial year 2021/22 budget.
This according to district secretary for finance will boost the education sector which has had several challenges in the area.
The district administration was another sector allocated a lion’s share with UShs 6 billion (21%) allocation, followed by the health sector which was allocated only 4 billion.
In April, the council had approved a UShs 29 billion budget but this however increased after the government brought in 2 billion to facilitate the new parish model initiative aimed at eradicating poverty at parish levels across the country.
Bataringaya further stressed that 1.2 billion part of the budget will be collected from the Local Government taxes while the remaining will be a funding from the central government.