MANILA — The Supreme Court has ordered the Quezon City local government to temporarily halt its collection of higher real property taxes.
Through a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court, the Quezon City government no to implement a new ordinance which has been effective since January.
Through the ordinance, the value of land and buildings in the city was raised two up to five times.
This is equivalent to the raising as well of annual real estate taxes paid by Quezon City residents.
“The Court issued a temporary restraining order effectively immediately and until further orders from the Court enjoining respondents from implementing, collecting upon, or enforcing Quezon City Ordinance no. 2256 (series of 2016) which approved the fair market value of lands and basic unit construction costs for buildings and other structures for the revision of real property assessments in Quezon City,” said Supreme Court spokesperson, Atty. Theodore Te.
Apart from this, the Supreme Court has also asked Mayor Herbert Bautista to respond to the petition of Alliance of Quezon City Homeowners’ Association in ten days.
Meanwhile, the Quezon City local government refused to comment about the issue since it does not have yet the copy of the Supreme Court order. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue
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