More than Vt12 million outstanding property tax owed to the Luganville Council by locals was revealed recently by the Acting Town Clerk of the Luganville Municipal Council (LMC), Robin Toka.
This huge increase has prompted Luganville town to strengthen its revenue base system for 2019.
Property tax is imposed by government to generate money for a public purpose. It is compulsory and enforceable by law. Paying property tax means helping to pay for services.
Mr. Toka said Luganville will strictly enforce its property tax system in 2019. He said they will provide awareness in all households to explain what property tax is and how it can be used to help the people of Luganville.
The Acting Clerk said in order for Luganville town to move forward people have to respect the laws and act upon them.
According to inspections made in the past by Luganville Wardens, result shows that many people within Luganville town are building without permits because they don’t want to pay property tax.
Senior Property Tax Officer of Luganville, Manses Fred, said the Council will do its best to visit its citizens to explain by-laws surrounding the taxes and why it is important for people to contribute to it.
The debt is a huge amount that if properly collected, this money could be distributed back to the people in terms of services to help develop and grow the town.