Infra, city college headline 2018 city budget’s priorities

Infrastructure projects and the controversial Tagbilaran City College headline the proposed 2018 city budget, now up for deliberation at the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell “Baba” Yap listed the two projects along with eight other priority projects as the focus of the ₱ 1 billion city proposed budget filed with the city council recently.

The city’s proposed budget for next year is pegged at ₱1,046,003,157. Yap said the budget is conservative considering the revenue stream. Despite the unusually huge budget, the city did not impose new taxes. Funding sources for the budget will rely on the income of the economic enterprises andthe efficient collection of business and real property taxes.

Yap’s top priority for next year’s budget is the road concreting and installation of street lighting fixtures. Included in the priority projects for 2018 is the construction of the controversial Tagbilaran City College, and construction of the Paglaum Center,

Also listed as priority project is theconstruction of the New City Engineering Office, landscaping of the City Hall, renovation of Manga market, rehabilitation of pumphouses, pumping stations and distribution lines, purchase of additional CCTV and purchase of an ambulance.

“The budget proposal manifests our utmost determination to continue and sustain the gains we have achieved,” said Yap in his cover letter to the budget he submitted to the city council.

City lighting has been one of the main concerns of the city with several streets in the city being unlit which encourage criminality to flourish.

About P50 million is earmarked to the Tagbilaran City College.

The college’s plan has become controversial after a bloc in the city council will try to revisit the ordinance creating the city college.

Yap said the bulk of the revenues to support the 2018 budget will come from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

The city expects an IRA of about ₱390,56 million.

Tax revenues will be the second biggest source for revenues pegged at ₱298.4 million.

The balance will come from non-tax revenues of about ₱874 million, economic enterprise with revenues pegged at ₱64.7 million and savings at about ₱204.8 million.

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