New case at DOJ
versus city tax hike
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO
A petition for review asking the Department of Justice to declare City Ordinance No. 08-14-700 null and void for failure to observe the requirements of the Local Government Code in its enactment, has also been filed by the owner and developer of the Valley of Peace Memorial Park in Bacolod City.
PCL urges PNoy to
create island region
BY CARLA GOMEZ
The Philippine Councilors League-Negros Oriental Chapter has passed a resolution addressed to President Benigno Aquino III strongly manifesting its support and endorsement of the proposed One Negros Island Region.
The PCL chapter, composed of councilors from six cities and 19 municipalities in Negros Oriental, said the creation of the island region will, in the long term, be in the best interest of the people of Negros Oriental.
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‘Hike in real property tax
to benefit Dumagueteños’
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
The Dumaguete City Sangguniang Panlungsod approved various landmark legislations in 2014, like the general revision of the schedule of the fair market values of real property taxes in the city that, for the last 20 years had not been changed.
As a result, Dumaguete was placed in the top 10 non-performing cities in the country in terms of real property taxes, Vice Mayor Woodrow Maquiling said. But, he said, with political will, the present administration was able to convince local taxpayers through a series of public consultations that raising the RPT will benefit them and the entire populace, as recipients of basic services from their taxes.