Erbie, Fuerza to push for lower tax base PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 14:25

Looking to re-ignite business growth in Zamboanga City, mayoralty aspirant Erbie Fabian and his entire Fuerza Zamboanga slate vowed thorough review of the tax scheme of the city and look at lowering taxes if elected into office in this May 13 polls.

In their nightly rallies, Fabian who is on his last 3-year term as District 2 Representative in Congress, lamented the fact the higher tax base imposed by the city under Mayor Celso Lobregat has stunted the growth of business in the city.

The Fuerza mayoralty bet said he has been receiving complaints from different sectors here decrying the hike in the tax base of the city.

Records at the City Accessor’s Office indicate real property taxes jumped by an average of 102 percent, meaning land classified under commercial use will entail double the usual tax paid than that paid before 2010.

Ordinance number 2010-159 passed by the present city council was enacted December 15, 2010 and took effect January 11, 2011.

Commercial lands classified as First Class used to entail a realty property tax of P5,692.50 while under the approved tax ordinance the same land will now be slapped with a tax base of P11,500.00, almost double the amount to be paid.

Fabian clarified, he and FuerzaZamboanga are not against the payment of taxes to the government, as this is the obligation of each and everyone to comply with.

Rather, he and Fuerza Zamboanga is batting for a moratorium on the imposition of new taxes and the collection of excessive fees from the people.

“As it is our people are already finding it hard to make ends meet just to provide for the families daily and unduly burdening them with higher taxes and more fees collection will certainly put a huge strain on their budgets, what we are saying is timeout to new taxes and excessive high fee collections,” the solon said.

Use of government facilities such as the Enriquez Sports Complex, parking fees and mandatory collection of urinal fees at Paseo del Mar are just too much and could be done away with, the fast rising mayoralty bet said.

‘If what we know is true, Zamboanga City has more than enough funds and collecting more at this point is just counter-productive to a conducive business environment,” Fabian added.

“If we don’t do this, we will lose out to our neighboring cities and provinces who entice the entry of big business capital by offering financial incentives such as tax breaks and lower business application fees,” the solon added.

Fabian and Fuerza Zamboanga in their 10-point agenda hopes to steer the city back to commercial and industrial competitiveness by structuring a business friendly atmosphere through a package of incentives.

“If we can’t be the Regional Center of Southwestern Mindanao, we might as well become the commercial and industrial hub of the region, in this manner we provide greater employment opportunities for our people, and bring in more investments and benefits to all here in Zamboanga City,” Fabian emphasized. — FuerzaZamboanga Media Bureau