Changes in municipal land registry office
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Jaime Martínez Tapia Sánchez, coordinator of the municipal land registry, announced some changes that will benefit the population, as well as an audit of municipal real estate, which has decreased in value, so that it can be sold later to individuals.
On June 5, Mauricio Trejo announced the transfer of Martínez Tapia to the land registry department. According to Trejo, he is charged with undertaking a major audit of the municipal land registry and municipal properties. On June 12, Martínez Tapia announced that the changes in the department already have begun and will take place in three phases. The first (already in progress) is analysis, the second will consist of updating the database and the third will be a proposal to the local congress to reform the Law of Incomes, which will benefit not only the local administration but also residents. The three phases will be concluded by December this year.
Although, in other municipalities, changes like this have incurred a cost of 10 million pesos, Martínez Tapia said that they will try to spend less, especially on new software. He commented that with these changes all the procedures carried out in that department will be faster. He also said that a total of 51,625 properties are registered in the municipal land registry, 38,000 in the urban area and the rest in rural areas, where there also are some constructions that are not registered and so property taxes have not been paid.
With the new changes, the land registry department will offer new payment programs and guidelines for taxpayers, so calculating the correct amount owed for property taxes will be simpler. The official commented that so far they have collected 62 million pesos in property taxes and with the changes they will seek to collect that amount in a shorter period.
The identification of municipal properties is another area that will be studied in this department, because although it is known that the municipality owns about 300 properties, the exact number is unknown. The local government has received some complaints stating that municipal properties were incorrectly valued and later sold to individuals, and for that reason the audit will be performed. All those involved in such transactions will be denounced to the municipal comptroller.