Development of a Property Tax Information Management System For County Governments

Show simple item record Birir, Faith Jeruto 2015-08-31T10:17:22Z 2015-08-31T10:17:22Z 2015-01
dc.description Abstract en_US
dc.description.abstract Complete and reliable information is important for planning and decision making. Various challenges face Kapsabet sub county revenue sector in regard to property tax rates and single business permit fee collection and management. The main challenges include lack of full information on the owners of the properties to enable tracing of tax defaulters, poor record keeping in that record books are torn and some information is missing and the spatial data is not updated; land that has been subdivided is not reflected in the records. The property information is in hard copy which is not compatible with the attribute data. There is no spatial link between the location of a property and its corresponding data, rendering all forms of spatial analysis impossible. The main objective of the study was to address this problem by developing a web-based property tax information management system with the aim of providing a proper way of effecting tax collection and management. The system developed is composed of three subcomponents: database management system component, web-based mapping display component and a short message service system component. The database provided is centralized, mapping component contains tools for data updating and visualization while the web-based hosts the mapping visualization and also provides additional information related to property taxes. The short message service (SMS) component provides information on property taxes arrears. To develop the system, stable GIS software and other Open Source software were used. Information on parcels, buildings, building units, land rates and single business permit fees was incorporated in the resulting system. Adoption of the system will aid Kapsabet Sub County in fulfilling its mandate of providing social amenities to its people by leveraging the power of Geographic Information Systems. The tax information system has provided an interactive link between real property and office records. The results from the database development are various maps and list of coordinates for the tax defaulters. The system enables the Kapsabet sub county staff to identify and quantify taxable and non-taxable areas, identify spatially the tax defaulters, non-defaulters and unaccounted land. It will also enable them to identify land use and institute laws and regulations on development of the area. The tax defaulters can easily be traced by.use of handheld GPS with the coordinate list. The short message service (SMS) has provided a convenient way of relaying information and reminding the property owners on the payment of taxes through their mobile phones. This system may be used by land and business owners in the diaspora to access information on their property through the web. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject property tax en_US
dc.subject GIS database en_US
dc.subject Spatial link en_US
dc.subject GeoServer Template en_US
dc.subject Short Message service en_US
dc.title Development of a Property Tax Information Management System For County Governments en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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