Our city-wide property geo-mapping has started after a successful pilot in three wards early this year.
The geo-mapping initiative, which is funded by DFID, started as a pledge during Mayor Aki-Sawyerr’s Fo Wi Komyuniti, Fo Wi Friton, Fo Wi Progress campaign. Today, it was launched by the Mayor, in the presence of Councillors and staff of FCC, and our partners (DFID, IGC, ICTD and WARC) amongst others.
The property geo-mapping will require FCC’s enumerators going into the compounds (but not buildings) of all properties to collect data on the physical attributes of the property, the access to public services, and the owner of the property. GPS coordinates will also be taken.
The geo-mapping project serves three purposes for FCC;
1. It will help us develop a comprehensive database of all properties in Freetown so everyone is liable to pay taxes.
2. It will help us calculate property tax fairly.
3. It will help us distribute demand notices more efficiently .
Capturing information for all properties in the city is crucial to FCC’s Revenue Mobilization efforts as it brings us one step closer to relying less on donor funding to provide public services for our residents. Before now, less than 30% of all properties in the city were captured for property taxes.
We kindly ask residents allow our enumerators into their compounds to get their data and for our residents to pay their taxes!