Property owners face new taxes as counties eye more revenue in line with a policy unveiled by the Treasury.

The policy to support enhanced devolved revenue calls for new valuation rolls for land and was prepared by counties with oversight of the National Land Commission (NLC) in consultation with the Ministry of Lands.

It also wants county governments to ensure that all titled land is ratable in any form appropriate for local economic status.

“In each county, all land parcels should be declared as ratable, with an appropriate form of rating being applied to each parcel,” it says.

The policy also calls for an update to the agricultural rental value form of rating in response to evolving use of rural land, for example for tourism and conservancy.

“Trading and market centres need to be planned, surveyed and registered as a matter of urgency so as to have them rated,” it says.

Treasury secretary Henry Rotich had earlier this year said the government plans to rope in the taxman to help county administrations seal loopholes in tax collection for land and property.

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