Bacolod City Revenue Code
“The tax code is already a law, and we are implementing it. We can not deviate from the Local Government Code, because deviating from what is stipulated in the LGC is just not complying with the provision of the law.”
Thus said Vice Mayor Thaddy Sayson in relation to the clamor and opposition against the new revenue tax code of Bacolod City.
The Ateneo-Masters in Business Administration (MBA) graduate and former Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., in an interview with NDB two days ago, advised that if the City of Bacolod intends to increase taxes, “it must be simple to understand not exceeding 10 percent ceiling as prescribed by law, researched-planning based and most of all, beneficial to labor.”
Some groups call the new revenue tax code of Bacolod City as illegal.
Ronald Ian Evidente of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) is urging taxpayers not to pay taxes because the new code is “illegal, unjust and morally wrong” and “increasing taxes is a strategy of the city to be able to pay loans aside from the shrinking revenues.”
He blames city officials for the millions of loans for infrastructure projects without anticipating the consequences.
Former Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. yesterday found the Sangguniang Panlungsod passage of the Bacolod Revenue Code as “absurd and funny” but which was eventually signed into an ordinance, considering that said Code was claimed to reverse “regressiveness” of old tax schemes.
The former Bacolod legislator was once the lone opposition to a similar
ordinance proposed in 2008 during his incumbency before it was legally overruled
by the Department of Justice (DOJ) then headed by Secretary Raul Gonzalez and
the SP quietly “swept the proposed ordinance under the rug”
Just a few days before the deadline set by law; local businessman Monico Puentevella yesterday filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ) an appeal to question the constitutionality and legality of Bacolod City Ordinance No. 565, series of 2011, otherwise known as "An Ordinance Approving the Revised Local Revenue Code of Bacolod City."
In a consultation held last January 20, 2012 at the Sea Breeze Hotel in Bacolod City, Puentevella discussed and shared the concerns raised by the business sector relative to the huge increase imposed by the new revenue code.