The National Treasury has allocated Sh409.9 billion to County governments in the Financial year 2020/2021 Budget.
This is an increase from the Sh353.2 billion allocated to counties in the financial year 2020/2021 Budget.
While reading the Budget on Thursday in Parliament Treasury cabinet secretary Ukur Yattani said County Governments will receive Sh70.0 billion as equitable share representing 27.3 per cent of the most recent audited and approved revenue raised nationally.
“In addition, the County Governments will receive Sh7.5 billion as conditional allocations from the National Government share of revenue and Sh32.3 billion from development partners,” Yattani said.
Delay in the disbursement of the 2020/2021 county funds caused outrage from the County leaders who cited interruption of service delivery.
Some counties threatened to shut down due to the frustration from unpaid workers and bills.
Former Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya was forced to intervene, calling out the the Controller of Budget for withholding counties’ money hence frustrating efforts to fight the spread of coronavirus.
Counties had set aside a total of Sh6.1 billion to fight the coronavirus in their supplementary budget and went months without receiving a penny.
Meanwhile, following the eventful transfer of some functions by the Nairobi City to the National Government, the Treasury plans to develop a legislation to operationalize such transfers to ensure the process is fully re-enforced in law.
“To facilitate performance of the transferred functions, by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services, I propose to allocate Sh27.2 billion which will comprise Sh18.0 billion for recurrent expenditure and Sh9.2 billion for development expenditure,” Yatani said.