Unpaid real property fees closer to P2B-A A +A
Sunday, March 30, 2014
THE team formed to investigate the real property delinquency list submitted by the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) in its initial findings showed that there are 97,671 delinquent accounts with P1.8 billion total unpaid fees in 2013 alone.
But the team recommended the CTO to cleanse the delinquency list since some of the top 1,000 accounts in the roster were verified as exempted properties, acquired by the city, had deficient records, had multiple assessment, and some were building accounts.
The Special Action Team, led by lawyer Marlisa A. Gallo of the City Legal Office, reported that the total amount delinquent for real property tax alone reached P1,878,784,783.56, which is actually higher than the reported P1,115,161,330.44 as initially revealed by Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.
The report that was submitted to City administrator Atty. Melchor V. Quitain, dated March 7, also showed that the 97,671 delinquent accounts come from 11 administrative districts.
It states that the top 1,000 accounts alone have a delinquency of as high as P1,188,520,368.94.
However, the special team said that while the delinquency list submitted by the CTO contained “clear and certain” information of the accounts or taxpayers with its corresponding delinquent amount, “it cannot be determined with preciseness as to what property/s is delinquent for it does not reflect the title or tax declaration numbers of the properties.”
“It is worth mentioning that there are account numbers with many properties attached to the particular account. Further, there are taxpayers whose realties had been donated or acquired by the City of Davao,” it added.
The team said the roster included the exempt properties such as public properties (1,794 government properties and 70 government banks) that were listed as taxable and cooperatives, religious and educational institutions with 99 accounts registered under names of private persons but its exemption is subject to the actual use of the property involve.
Further, the special team also found out that five properties listed as delinquent are actually city-owned properties.
They also noted that tax declarations of some 16,000 accounts have “incomplete information, canceled, or with duplicate record but were inputted/included in the database of the Amellar System (with temporary property identification numbers or PIN).”
Gallo also reported that there are properties with multiple pins assigned resulting to multiple assessments instead of one assessment only.
She also noted that the buildings comprise bigger number in the list.
“In some cases, the taxes of the lot where the building is erected, is paid; the owner of the building is not the owner of the lot,” the report said.
The special team suggested the CTO ways to cleanse the delinquency list while they continue to probe the 2013 delinquency list.
The recommendations were: coordination between the real property task force and the city assessor with respect to city’s property; fast track the issuance of notice of delinquency to compel the account owner to pay and/or to correct the deficiency of the records; conduct inspections to determine the actual use of the property; campaign for tax payment during the “Caravan Program” of the city; review the deficient records inputted in the data base; and include the corresponding PIN and the title number of the property listed in the list.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 31, 2014.