Hearing on excavation taxes set

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

THE Committee on Laws chaired by Councilor Richard Cariño scheduled a public hearing on January 21 on the proposed amendments in the city’s tax ordinance on fees for excavation of public and private roads.

The proposed amendatory ordinance was approved for public hearing during the term of the previous City Council to finally come up with prescribed permit fees for excavation of public and private roads based on recommendations of the City Engineer’s Office.

The City Engineering Office (CEO), then in a letter to Mayor Mauricio Domogan, said the prescribed raising of permit fees for excavations must be considered due to the high cost of materials and stressed restoration of excavated roads violate standards resulting in its early deterioration.


The CEO also stressed there is a need to increase excavation permit fees and restoration cost which is refundable as deposit and guarantee of restoration work.

The amendatory ordinance proposes to raise excavation permit fees for concrete pavements, roads and sidewalks to a minimum of P500 for one square meter or first two lineal meters or less and P50 for every additional lineal meter.

For asphalt surface roads, a minimum of P500 for one square meter or first two lineal meters or less and P30 for every additional lineal meter. For gravel surface roads, earth road or road shoulder, a minimum of P300 for the one square meter or first two lineal meters or less and P10 for every additional lineal meter.

The amendatory ordinance also states the CEO will also estimate the cost of restoration based on current prices of materials, labor and equipment at the time the excavation permit is applied.

Restoration cost will be deposited to the city and will serve as guarantee bond and will be refunded only a year after the completion of the restoration work by the applicant. In case of defects in the restoration work, the bond will be used by the city for further restoration.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 17, 2014.

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