by Allan Yves Briones
The municipal government of Sual, Pangasinan failed to collect delinquent real property taxes (RPT) it is owed, depriving its constituents of extra funding which could’ve financed additional programs.
According to the Commission on Audit (COA), the municipal government failed to collect delinquent RPT totaling P13.38 million by the end of 2018.
Audit records showed the highest number of delinquents belonged to Poblacion with 165 taxpayers collectively owing the municipal government P1.82 million.
Next on the list is Sioasio West, with a total tax liability of P1.78 million.
“Had management collected the said realty taxes, it could have realized additional income that could have been used to finance other projects/programs and activities for the welfare of its constituents,” COA stated in its 2018 annual audit report.
The failure to collect the due RPTs are contrary Section 254(a) and (b) of Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code, which requires that the municipal treasurer immediately post notices of delinquency at the capitol and in each barangay.
State auditors directed the municipal government of Sual to require its OIC-Municipal Treasurer to exert effort in the collection of taxes due, and ensure strict compliance with the local government code.
Sual management, as stated in the report, agreed to comply.