KUCHING: If the Sarawak government can secure more federal funds, then property taxes could be reduced, says Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
He told Kuching North City Hall’s “2016 Agenda” unveiling ceremony yesterday that he was considering the move. However, much depended on the state’s request for more allocation from the Federal Government.
“I want to reduce assessment rates if we have more funds,” Adenan said, adding the proposed policy would be in line with last year’s reduction in electricity tariff and abolishment of the last toll charges on New Year’s Day.
The CM, who was speaking about his meeting on Wednesday with the Prime Minister, said he was seeking an update on discussions on the devolution of powers from the Federal Government to the state government.
“I will keep you informed as we go along,” he said.
Adenan added the state might build a Bird Park at Bukit Siol, which is the city hall’s headquarters. Too many people know of hornbills, which is the state emblem, but had never seen one. “It’s a long-term project we are considering, depending on funds.”
The current Reservoir Park would likely be upgraded and rename as “Unity Park” reflecting the state’s multi-ethnic harmony, he also said. “You know that place, where we used to spend so much time when we were bachelors, so many memories there,” he quipped.
As part of “Agenda 2016” a new book “Kuching, City With A Soul, Unity In Diversity” was launched, tracing the capital’s steps from Aug 1, 1988 (when it was declared a city) to August last year when it was declared City of Unity.
Kuching North mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai said a new council mobile council would begin soon.
“We know some people might not be able to come to our offices. Thus we are reaching out to the community, and not just to collect rates or money owed to us, but to provide information and services right to people’s doorsteps,” Abdul Wahap said.
The city hall was also boosting its stray dogs catching unit and has an “ecoloo” in the pilot project state. “This ecoloo uses bacteria to break down waste. It is portable and can be installed anywhere, in places without connected sewerage systems.”
The mayor said if the trial period showed good results, then city hall would encourage the “ecoloo” to be set up at construction sites.