Rp100bn in Levy Income at Risk

DALUNG

Badung’s legislature has called for quick finalisation of local land and development levies to avoid the possible loss of Rp100 billion (US$11 million) in revenue next year.

Commission C chairman in the legislature I Nyoman Satria said on Sunday the regional revenue service had given its draft proposal to the Badung legal department on June 25, but the lawyers had not completed their assessment or forwarded final documents to the legislature for debate.

He said time was pressing because the legislature could take about six months to complete its own deliberations.

Badung’s chief legal officer, I Ketut Marta, head of the justice secretariat, said this week the agreed proposals would be given to the legislature this month. The deadline was last Monday.

“We have already printed the documents and will send them to the legislature immediately,” he said. “I am confident before next year is to be completed.”

Meanwhile, proposed expansion of housing areas in Dalung, straddling Denpasar and Badung, has been raised as a community issue, with Regent A.A. Gede Agung saying it could not proceed at present because local people had not given their agreement.

Regent Agung said this week a 2006 central government regulation over zoning in the area should be applied only in ways that met community expectations, especially in regard to population numbers, areas for building and infrastructure.

He said community leaders had made representations to him even though no formal building proposals had been received.

Badung’s village community empowerment board has been told to conduct a study and a series of public meetings to assess community attitudes to new development in the area.

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