Council eyes 10% tax hike

THE CITY council committee on finance is pushing for an increase of up to 10% of local taxes, despite opposition largely from the business sector and after the Commission on Audit questioned the local government’s lack of increase in almost 10 years.

Speaking at the weekly Pulong Pulong ni Pulong media forum, Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang said the local government would also consider the provision of more free services such as medical exams for free as a result of the tax hike.

“We want to make sure that those taxes go to the poor in terms of services,” Dayanghirang said.

Dayanghirang, who chairs the committee, said the committee has been able to conduct 11 hearings so far, at least three or four of these at each district, to propose the said increases.

“We can only do this once every five years,” Dayanghirang said of increasing taxes. “In fact, the increase was already overdue.”

According to the councilor, the city has not increased taxes for more than five years.

Business Bureau chief Atty. Marissa Torentera, in an earlier interview, said the proposed changes to the revenue code also include updates to tech-assisted businesses, which the local government is seeking to regulate.

The proposed amendment to the revenue code was calendared for second reading at this week’s regular session at the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

Last year, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio formed a team to reassess the property values in the city.