City reviews regulatory fees

BAGUIO CITY – With the city government here pushing to make amendments to Tax Ordinance 2000-001, all concerned departments of the city presented proposals in increasing regulatory fees last Aug. 19 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

It is recalled that a public hearing was already conducted to the proposed tax increase at the city considering that the city government has not increased realty, business and property taxes.

Baguio mayor Mauricio Domogan directed the Local Finance Committee to evaluate and review carefully the proposed amendments of regulatory fees.

“Dapat tignan ng LFC kung ano ang reasonable at negligible amount na dapat increase ng mga fees na ito,” stressed the mayor.

With regards health services fees, “the city government will take into consideration the materials needed to a specific service to address the concerns of the clients,” added Domogan.

He is optimistic that the residents will be fair enough to consider the adjustments as long as the rates are justifiable and reasonable.

The mayor has been calling for speedy action on the tax proposals giving emphasis that the city’s obligation to implement the increase after years of freezing in order to make the old rates normalize and regulate with the present times and with the requirements of the law./Jho Arranz


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