In a bid to ensure prompt payment of taxes the Consumer Welfare Association with support from the Freetown City Council has embarked on a massive sensitization campaign on the payment of Local Tax, Market Dues and City Rate among residents of Freetown.
The Association has acquired the services of drama groups including Tabulay central theatre, Brookfields youth development drama group and others to sensitize members of the public about the need of paying their dues to government.
The Executive Director Kadie Sawyerr said they have cooperated with the Freetown City Council to engage members of the public for the development of the city.
She said the payment of Local Tax and City Rate will greatly contribute to the development of the City, and that the use of drama groups, radio programmes and community meetings have been helpful in their campaign.
“The community sensitization campaign started on the 30th June with a float parade from Calaba Town, Wellington, Kissy and the Western Area.
We are doing this because the City Council alone cannot engage everybody. It is our responsibility as citizens to help them mobilize revenue by making individual input to ensure that people pay their bills for the development of the City” she said.She also noted that house owners should always be ready to pay their Rates as development cannot take place without finance.
“We are expecting the Council to embark on massive development but this can only be possible when all of us commit ourselves by contributing meaningfully” she said.
Andrew Kanu a resident of Wilberforce commended the Association for embarking on the campaign. He said it is wrong for people to always rely on government for the development of their respective communities.
“We will continue to support FCC by paying our taxes but again they should ensure that the monies are properly utilized” he urged.