By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY (BicolToday.com/19 Dec. 2011) – After the deliberation on November 25 this year, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Sorsogon Province, in its joint committee report recommended during session, today, the approval of Sorsogon City Ordinance No. 27, S-2011 that adjusted the tax rates, fees and charges after codifying all revenue measures of then Municipalities of Sorsogon and Bacon.
The ordinance became a bone of contention between the city government and the Sorsogon Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce after the latter manifested its objection through a letter sent to Vice-Governor Kruni Escudero that called the attention of the provincial board that they were not invited during the public consultation prior approval of the measure by the fourth city council.The letter further called for a staggered increase in taxes which was signed by Zita Hababag, chamber president.
Such attention was included in the recommendation of the joint committees composed of Ways and Means, Local Government and Community Development and the Rules, Privileges and Amendments. The committees noting that the revenue code of Sorsogon City was enacted on December 7, 2001 and has not made amendments thereto but a number of legislative measures were passed imposing fees and fines which should now be incorporated in the approved tax code, found merit and deemed the arguments of resourcing additional revenues as a legal measure of the Sorsogon City which in their explanatory note appropriate for them not to be wholly dependent on the internal revenue allotment. It also took note of the technical assistance of the Development Academy of the Philippines in preparing the Tax Code ” to ensure feasibility for all intent and purposes. ”
The city ordinance was authored by Councilor Nestor Baldon which compared the tax rates of other municipalities and nearby cities in the region in determining the base rate of increase in the approved revenue code. BicolToday.com
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