Property Tax Arrears Relief Hearing

Wandering homeowners in the city of Bacolod could get tax relief so they can settle their obligations by October 31. (Photo APN)

A PUBLIC hearing for the proposed ordinance providing tax relief for delinquent property taxes in the City of Bacolod will be held tomorrow, August 30.

Councilor Al Victor Espino, who is the chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Governance, said these tax offenses date back to 1991.

Espino said that under Republic Act 7160 Series of 1991 or local government code, property owners are obligated to pay their taxes if they sell their real estate, apply for a loan or receive a notice owned by the local government.

“The priority of tolerance is those who have been affected by the ongoing pandemic,” he said, adding that there is a prescribed period during which the government can auction off their property if they can’t pay their taxes.

When the tax relief program was first implemented two years ago, the city of Bacolod was able to generate 44 million pesos.

During the hearing, Espino said they will determine how much to collect and how many people have not paid their taxes.

The representatives of the municipal assessor, the treasurer and the legal offices as well as the stakeholders are invited to the hearing.

“We want to help those who want to pay [their taxes] and at the same time generate revenue for the city,” Espino pointed out.

Once everything is settled, he said the collection of payments for property tax arrears will start on October 31 and end on December 31 this year.

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