The County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet submitted its 2019 County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) to the county assembly for review and approval as per the timelines provided in the PFM Act 2012. Through CFSP the government outlines its plans and strategy for revenue collection and expenditure for the coming year. This forms the basis from which the budget will be formulated by April 30. In any case that the county’s budget is likely to be unbalanced i.e. having deficit, the county through this paper also explains how to address the deficit.
The County has a deficit of KES 290 million. The CFSP has proposals for addressing the same, the county assembly declined to approve the fiscal paper and instead returned the same to the executive for review. This has since turned to chase-game between the two arms of government.
Our review of the deficit and proposed measures prompted this submission for consideration by the two arms of government. Considering the possible effects of any misunderstanding between the assembly and executive on this matter on the county’s service delivery in 2019/20 and over the medium, we are calling upon the county assembly and the executive to provide leadership and find the most appropriate remedy to the situation.
In this paper, we present several options for your consideration, which are designed to provide both short and long-term remedies.