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QC belies ‘looming’ land tax hike

Casimiro said the ordinance was never enforced in fulfillment of Belmonte’s pledge during the 2019 campaign

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The Quezon City government has criticized Anakalusugan Rep. Michael Defensor for allegedly misleading the public on an “forthcoming tax hike.”

According to city legal officer Orlando Casimiro, “the ordinance (SP-2556) mentioned by the lawmaker has nothing to do with increasing the land tax rate, but refers to increasing the assessed value of properties in Quezon City.”

A petition against the ordinance being assailed by Defensor has already been junked by the Supreme Court in 2018.

Casimiro said the ordinance was never enforced in fulfillment of Belmonte’s pledge during the 2019 campaign that her administration will not increase real property taxes in the city.

He clarified that the ordinance, if enforced, will not lead to an increase in land taxes as it only correctly adjusts land values so land owners may realize higher returns on their lands.

“The taxes are not to be increased,” Casimiro stressed.

The ordinance was passed in compliance years back with the Local Government Code of 1991 that mandates all local government units to conduct real property assessment every three years.

Casimiro pointed out that Belmonte has not increased land taxes in the past three years, thus Defensor is promising voters something already being done by the incumbent mayor.

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