Relaunching the Local Tax Collection at State House on Tuesday, President Koroma called on Local Councils to show transparency and accountability in collecting taxes.
He said that, people are curious of what is going on and therefore they expect to see something in correspondent for what they have paid for.
President Koroma appealed to the Freetown City Council (FCC) to do more as taxes collected last year was small meaning that the money collected does not reflect on the number of people in the city.
He also called on all Sierra Leoneans to show commitment to the process as he had already purchased his own Local Tax.
Dr Koroma further called on the Local Government Ministry to be transparent to the Local councils.
Mayor Herbert George Williams pledged his continued determination towards carrying out the projects to develop the city.
He promised that from 2009 to 2010 the President will see tangible evidence of projects that the council will be carrying out in the city.
Accountability and Transparency he said is a concern to the Council and assured him that they will maintain that.
He also disclosed that this year’s Local Tax Receipts will be laminated with the tax payers’ picture attached to it.
He disclosed that last year Council collected over 1.9 Billion Leones from the 381 thousand local taxes receipts that were sold and 41 projects were implemented and completed.
This year, he said they intend to sell 1.5 million local tax receipts to over 2 million people to match their budgeted target to collect 2.5 Billion Leones to undertake more projects in the city.
The Mayor disclosed that they have printed five thousand local Council receipt books at the Sierra Leone Printing Press which cost them Le 50m.
He also stated that once a tax payer has bought his local tax receipt he or she can use it anywhere in the country without paying extra costs.