La Union town wants to own closed resorts

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BAUANG, La Union: In a bid to settle the tax obligations of at                   least two abandoned resorts here, Mayor Clarence Martin De Guzman 3rd has asked the Municipal Council to convince the owners of the resorts to sell their properties to the Municipal Government. This way, they mayor added, the resort owners can settle the unpaid P12-million tax while giving the local government an opportunity to provide additional                 income to its constituents. De Guzman added that there wouldn’t be a need for tax revision if the set-up can be implemented in the town. He added that the owners of former five-star beach resorts, Cresta Del Mar and Cresta Ola, were already given the chance to redeem themselves by settling their tax obligations but have failed to do so. The resorts were closed and abandoned, owing millions of unpaid obligation to the province. Bauang, being a haven for beach resorts and hotels, is a first class municipality in La Union and is considered a center for tourist destination. De Guzman also challenged his department heads to beef up its tax collection efforts, citing several other businesses in the town that have  yet to pay its tax obligations.

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