Officials call for hike in Tabunok market fees

TWO Talisay City officials have suggested the revision of the city’s old market code in order to increase their revenue collection.

For Talisay City Budget Officer Edgar Mabunay, there is now a need to increase fees being charged for stalls and services at the Tabunok Public Market.

Mabunay said as far as he can recall, based on the old market code, some stall owners at the Tabunok Public Market are only charged P9 per day for their rent, while stores and other offices shell out a minimal amount for rental depending on the size of the area occupied by them.

Once the new market code is approved, Mabunay said parking and other fees will also be increased to jibe with the current inflation rate.

Talisay City Vice Mayor Richard Francis “Choy” Aznar, for his part, also sees the need to revise the old market code as it only imposes lower fees and penalties to vendors.

Aznar ordered the local finance committee to create a new tariff for the market code so that this can be presented during the Talisay City Council session.

Meanwhile, Tabunok Public Market consultant Arnie dela Torre said those who will be caught using uncalibrated weighing scales will be slapped with a penalty ranging from P200 to P500.

To recall, up to 30 weighing scales with inaccurate weight readings and three colored lights in fish stalls were confiscated at the Tabunok Public Market last November 17.

Dela Torre said the weighing scales were seized after it was discovered that they had not been recalibrated yet. (BBT / TPT)