TAGUM CITY June 1 - The City Government of Tagum is keen on sustaining and accelerating its programs and projects that bank on the improvement of the lives of its constituents and the development of the city, with an estimated 1.1 billion pesos budget within its arsenal for the year 2017.
With this, Mayor Allan Rellon is bullish on the continuation of positive developments of Tagum ushered in by his administration that will have a direct impact to the Tagumenyos.
During the Income Estimates Forum held May 27, 2016 in Davao City, Mayor Rellon led heads of the city’s revenue generating centers in plotting the local government’s 2017 budget, which commenced the rigorous budgeting process of the LGU.
Eyeing to retain its membership in the so-called “Billionaire Cities Club,” the local government eyes to target its income by next year to P1,151,277,444.00 which is considerably higher to this year’s 2016 income target of P1,087,719,420.00.
The said budget will enable the local government to spend more on programs and projects, Mayor Rellon said.
The local chief executive also underscored the importance of pumping-up the local government’s tax collection efforts so as to achieve its estimated income which includes a heightened approach to collect real property taxes from delinquent taxpayers.
Areas that were forecasted during the said forum centered on tax revenues, general income regulatory fees, service income, income from business asphalt operations and the LGU’s share in the Internal Revenue Allotment from the national government. The city’s revenue from its economic enterprises was also discussed.
The final budget of the local government, however, will be finalized by the upcoming 7th City Council headed by Vice Mayor Geterito Gementiza who will scrutinize every detail of the proposed budget of the Executive Department and approves it through an Appropriation Ordinance.(Louie Lapat/CIO Tagum)