Alaminos eyes enhancement on tax collection scheme
BLGF conducts two day training for personnel of finance departments
To keep abreast with the new tools, techniques and approaches for a more productive city fiscal management, a two-day training for select government personnel was conducted by the Bureau of Local Government and Finance (BLGF) just recently at BCRD Bldg., Brgy. Bolaney here.
The training course covers the Implementation of the New Manual on Real Property Appraisal and Assessment Operations and the Application of the City of Alaminos Computerized Real Property Tax System.
Participant of the said course are the heads and select staff of the City Assessor’s Office, City Treasurer’s Office, City Planning and Development Office and the City Budget Office.
Mr. Amado P. Jimenez, Assistant Provincial Director of Bataan, who heads a team of resource speakers, said the two day training course aims to provide the city government proper techniques and procedures in conducting appraisal and assessment of Real Property Tax (RPT) in conformity with the provisions of the Manual on Real Property Appraisal and Assessment Operations.
It was also designed for the concerned department and employees to learn on the methodical process in RPTA system maintenance, procedures and operations and have better understanding on the application of depreciation for building and machineries.
The said training will likewise provide the treasury personnel and other departments on remedies for collection of RPT delinquencies-Administrative and Judicial remedies and procedures on the Sale of Real Properties at Public Auction in conformity with the Local Government Code of 1991.
Jimenez even lectured on the overview on the Presumptive Income Level techniques to help Alaminos government intensify its collection of business taxes and fees.
Mayor Hernani A. Braganza sought last month for BLGF’s technical assistance to equip the city with the right knowledge and to comply with the standards to enhance the city’s revenue generation particularly on the collection of RPT.
The city government is currently implementing its computerized Real Property Tax System which is developed in-house.
Also, the city is reconciling all the records from Land Tax and City Assessor’s Office in compliance with the new Manual on Real Property Appraisal and Assessment Operations and the Application of the City Computerized Real Property Tax System.
“We really intend to modernize our tax collection and permit issuance under our One System-One Government Policy,” said Braganza.
During his first term as chief executive, Braganza created Task Force Pantay-Pantay and Task Force Collection to equalize duties and obligations of all business owners and collect delinquent payments on RPT, respectively.
The Mayor congratulated the front-liners of said task forces and the finance cluster of the city for a job well done.
“With their hard work and commitment, we have not just met our (tax collection) targets but exceeded it for the past three years,” said Braganza.
Revenue enhancement has also been initiated to increase the tax base without any hike in taxes while initiating a cleansing process on all records by building a data base.
The current administration is likewise bent on re-assessing existing properties and explores the possibility of auctioning idle lands in favor of the government.
Until today, we are yet to determine how much is the value of our lands in the city which will be the basis in collecting taxes, said the Mayor.
The city had even provided discounts to prompt tax payers but not extension on payment period.
Braganza stressed that “our primary role is to create economic opportunities for our people and our mandate is to collect taxes to realize that goal.”
“With this very meaningful conference, we could soon come-up with a common understanding for us to effectively and efficiently collect taxes that will be translated into worthy programs and projects for our citymates,” he finally quipped. (CIO)