OWNERS of real property, who has delinquent accounts, have been urged to avail of the amnesty, a rare opportunity granted by the local government to settle their accounts at a lower cost.
City Treasurer Romelita Candido made the call as the city government is granting real property tax relief on penalties, surcharges and interests pursuant to Ordinance 484.
Ordinance 484 grants amnesty on unpaid real property tax covering all years prior to December 31, 2017.
However, Candido said that they are no longer granting a 100 percent tax relief since the grace period for a full condonation of surcharges and penalties has ended on Friday, December 14.
Candido said that payments made starting Monday, December 17 up to June 30, 2019 will avail of the 50 percent tax relief pursuant to Ordinance 484.
She said they have collected as of December 10 some P18,756,776.30 arrearages since the amnesty started last September 2.
She said the amount represents 5.5 percent of the targeted goal collection of P343 million.
The collection is ongoing and they focused on the big accounts, she added.
Ordinance 484 was enacted by the City Council on July 31, 2018 and was signed by Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco Salazar on August 13, 2018. (Bong Garcia)