By Betty Luke
Isiolo MCAs last Thursday unanimously passed the Sh5.7 billion county Supplementary budget I estimates for fiscal year 2020/2021 after more than three weeks of contest with the executive.
Of the funds, Sh3.7 billion will go towards recurrent expenditure while Sh2 billion on development, money which must be used by June 30 (end of this month) when the current financial year ends.
The County Assembly was allocated Sh459 million for staff salaries and expenses and adminstration, legislation and oversight services.
The Governor’s office got Sh464 million which will cater for recurrent expenses at the office, County Secretary, County Public Service Board, Governor’s delivery unit and pay salaries for the cabinet and other officers working at the Governor’s office.
County Treasury and Economic Planning, Special Programmes, ICT and Cohesion were allocated Sh479 million while the Education, Youth, Sports, Gender and Culture got Sh286 million all for recurrent expenses.
Tourism, Culture and Trade department was allocated Sh364 milion while the Agriculture department Sh209 million to be used on regulatory management of inputs and outputs in agriculture and facilitating supply of agricultural extension services and research.
Recurrent expenditure for Health Services, Land, Roads and Public Works and Municipal Adminstration was allocated Sh112 million, Sh64 million and Sh76 million respectively.
The Agriculture department took the lion’s share of the county’s development funds getting Sh601 million and was closely followed by County Treasury that got Sh461 million allocation for capital expenditure including payment of pending bills for previous years.
Some Sh261 million was set aside for ongoing construction of the county headquarters and Municipal adminstration while Sh100 million directed towards County Assembly development.
Land department got Sh178 million, Water (Sh145 million), Health (Sh133 million), Education (Sh129 million) and Tourism got the least allocation for development at Sh25 million.