Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella presented to the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) a "priority legislative request" that will coordinate the increase of real property taxes in the city.
MASSKARA QUEEN HOPEFULS. Candidates for 2014 MassKara Queen together with MQ Organizer Charie Ginete-Ilon in a visit to City Mayor Monico Puentevella at the Bacolod People’s House yesterday.* (CMO-PIO photo)
SAVEMORE COURTESY CALL. SaveMore Market Fortune Bacolod Admin Manager Manny Llose together with the officers and top officials of Sanford Marketing, Corporation with Mayor Monico Puentevella in a courtesy call yesterday. The group discussed with the Mayor some of their services in the soon to be opened edifice in Barangay Estefania, including exclusive lanes for senior citizens and Persons with Disabilities (PWD).* (CMO-PIO photo)
According to the mayor, the city is mandated by the Local Government Code to increase the said taxes every three years. For the past 8 years however, the city government failed to comply with the directive and have not issued an increase.
"This is an urgent request, but the increase will be a win-win solution for the business and private sector," Puentevella said in a press conference yesterday.
He also said that the city’s real estate value is lower than Talisay, Silay, Victorias, San Carlos and Iloilo.
A public hearing to discuss the action will be scheduled on the first week of October, while the SP will present the agenda next week, Puentevella added.
He is also inviting the business sector and private organizations to attend the presentation.
Although the increase will not be "drastic", the Puentevella administration is willing to listen to the public if they have suggestions on how to go about the raise and that they are willing to compromise.
"If the people accept the increase, we will see more development in Bacolod," said Puentevella.
During the scheduled affair in October, Puentevella said that he will present the city’s Master Plan "to justify the increase".