San Juan mayor orders probe on tax collection

July 10, 2019

SAN JUAN City Mayor Francis Zamora has ordered an investigation to find out who are responsible for the under collection of over P800 million in taxes from traders and residents based on the Commission on Audit (COA) findings.

Zamora said yesterday that “the COA findings did not come as a surprise.  This merely confirmed our initial findings in the documents transmitted to us during the transition period before I started my started my term on June 30, 2019.

“At that time we were perplexed to discover the questionably low revenue in real property and business taxes.”  

Zamora added: On the other hand, we would like to assure our beloved San Juaneños that we are already looking into this and that we have already launched an investigation to find out those who are directly responsible for the gross under collection.

Furthermore, we are plugging the leaks in the current processes to improve our collection to avoid the perennial budget deficit that unfortunately has been the norm in our city for the previous years.

San Juaneños should also take comfort in the fact that the improvements in our system will not involve the passage of a new tax ordinance that will further burden them. We are here to make sure that our constituents ultimately do not continue to suffer.”

The administration of former Mayor Guia Gomez failed to collect a total of P804.613 million from Greenhills businesses and residents during her time in office, the COA said.

In the 2018 San Juan annual audit, COA also revealed that the city government failed to collect some P155.161 million in real property/special education taxes last year, thus, depriving the city funds to implement much-needed priority projects and activities.

The largest tax delinquencies were recorded from the affluent barangays of San Juan, namely, Greenhills, P68.5 million; Ermitano, P13.07 million; Batis, P9.2 million and Little Baguio, P7.9 million.

State auditors also chided the city government under its former administration for failing or delaying the implementation of P60.138 million in projects.