The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) has extended for another six months or up to June 30, 2012 the period of condonation of interests, penalties and surcharges on unpaid realty taxes within the province of Pangasinan.
This was provided for by an ordinance proposed by Board Member Von Mark Mendoza when the one-year condonation as per Ordinance No 152-2011 approved by the SP from May last year expired last December 2011.
Board Member Mendoza said the extension was on account of the numerous appeals from taxpayers who failed to avail off the condonation when this was first offered.
Mendoza said the extension was made in order to accommodate those who failed to meet the Dec. 31, 2011 deadline.
It was Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. who asked the SP to enact Ordinance No. 152-1011 condoning interests, penalties and surcharges on unpaid real property taxes, responding to the earlier call of taxpayers for certain relief.
That ordinance was intended to help mitigate the payment of real property taxes based on another ordinance prescribing a scheme of payment of real property tax based on staggered implementation.
Records showed that when the condonation was offered from May to December last year, some landowners were not able to pay within the period.
Corollary to this, Provincial Assessor Nestor Quiambao, said that although some municipalities have not yet remitted their collection on realty taxes, tax collection in Pangasinan has registered an increase of P269 million in 2011 as a result of the implementation of the condonation on unpaid realty taxes.