MAYOR Reinaldo Bautista Jr. has proposed a higher executive budget of P1,042,183,000 for next year from the proposed P42,183,000 from the current budget.
As proposed, the estimated income will come from the beginning balance of P120,000,000; local taxes amounting to P277,450,000; permits and licenses – P14,750,000; service income – P38,925,000; business income – P59,170,000; other income of P120,000,000 and Internal Revenue Allotment – P411,888,000.
The expense category is distributed as follows: P381,713,000 for personal services; P365,690,000 for maintenance and other operating expenses; P76,336,000 for capital outlay; P85,190,000 for non-office; P87,145,000 as development fund; and P46,109,000 for calamity or reserve fund.
In his budget message, the mayor said the focus of the city’s development efforts this year will be on addressing “concerns on environmental sustainability specifically on solid and liquid waste management and clean air…”
“We are saddled with a wide range of challenges because growth and development have outgrown the natural capacity of the environment to support the mounting needs of a rapidly increasing population,” he said.
He said the city “is a very important urban center in the Cordillera Administrative Region and in the North. However, the constant pressures on population increase and urbanization have caused environmental stress manifested in various forms of pollution, disasters, diseases and development pushing fast into the supposedly uninhabitable slopes of the City.”
But the mayor remains confident that the challenges can be met.
“The mounting problems are surmountable with the concerted efforts of us leaders voted upon as instruments of change of a better Baguio for our constituents,” he said.
The proposed executive budget was submitted to the city council last December 22.
Vice mayor Daniel Farinas said they will schedule deliberations on the financial plan when session resumes on Monday. (Aileen P. Refuerzo)