Posted January 28, 2015
Written by Gloria Villas
Department of Justice (DOJ) junked 2015 General Revision of Base Market Values proposed by the province of Aklan.
In a nine-page decision on petitions filed by two Aklan officials, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima declared that the tax raise did not comply with procedural requirements under the Local Government Code.
Thus, the real property tax increase in Aklan is “null and void for being contrary to law,” declared the Department of Justice.
On the other hand, it can be recalled that Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Rodson Mayor and New Washington mayor Edgar Peralta filed petitions asking the Justice department to declare the tax hike illegal.
De Lima also noted that her department did not receive any comment from the provincial government regarding the petitions.
Meanwhile, Provincial Assessor’s Office head Kokoy Soguilon, who provided this reporter a copy of the Department of Justice’s decision, said the provincial government will appeal the decision.