By LITO RULONA
This time, the minority bloc will not oppose the proposal of incumbent City Mayor Oscar Moreno’s planned City Hall budget amounting to P6.5 billion for 2019 as long as it will not hamper business sector operation.
In an interview, Minority Floor Leader Leon Gan said they will not oppose this time despite the increasing city hall’s budget by P1 billion next year as long as it will be placed for the development and program of the city properly.
“As long as it will properly implemented wala kami’y katarungan nga among supakon ilabi na kung para kini sa kaayuhan sa dakbayan unya kaya ang pag-collect sa buluhisan sa siyudad,” he said.
He said if the targeted taxes collection by next year would surely reach or even surpass the proposed P6.5 billion city hall budget then they don’t have any reason not to support the proposed plan.
“Wala pa man namo makita ang proposed detail of the budget ato kining hulatan para makita kung unsaon nato pag-kuha ang targeted budget for next year. Kung makaya sa syudad ngano dili nato supportahan,” he pointed out.
Initially, the plan has already won the support of the chairman of the city council’s committees on ways and means, and trade and commerce early this year by City Councilor George Goking.
Earlier, Moreno revealed that he was planning on submitting a proposed P6.5-billion city hall budget for 2019. The plan is based on the P8.18-billion Annual Investment Plan that Moreno’s chaired City Development Council approved last week.
If Moreno pushed through with the plan and the city council approves it, the annual budget would be increased from P5.5 billion this year to P6.5 billion in 2019.
Moreno said the planned P6.5-billion budget is based on the CDC’s approved investment plan which the mayor called as a “wish list.”
Gan said normally a local government unit will surely increase by at least 10 to 15 percent of targeted income as they also foresee more investments would coming in but they also surely look into the collection of taxes.
“Diha man gud kana makita sa collection of taxes kung effective ba ilang mga pamaagi sama sa Real Property Taxes.” he said.
He said he cannot deny that expenses of every City Hall would surely increase every year.
“Pero kinahanglan nga ang increase dili maka puwerhisyo sa mga magbubuhis ilabi na sa mga negosyante,” he explained.
Gan said minority bloc will also push the increase of funds for the relocation sites and health services.
“Mas maayo gani nga gamayan ang intelligence fund unya ipuno didto sa acquisition of lots for relocation sites.
City Councilors Eric Salcedo and Teodulfo Lao, Jr., favor the increase of city’s budget.