“The goal is simply to broaden the base to include residents and others who have not paid their property taxes or who have not paid their fair share of property taxes,” said Board Executive Director Natalie Jaresko.

The board-approved fiscal plan is the first one for CRIM.

By instituting 11 new measures, the board anticipates generating $1.56 billion in additional revenues fiscal years 2021 to 2025. With the new measures the board anticipates CRIM to receive a total of $7.52 billion in that period.

Of the 11 measures, the ones the board expect to increase revenues the most are:
• the selling of accounts receivable ballances ($400 million),
• the identifying and appraising of about 240,000 properties not included in the tax rolls through virtual appraisals ($378 million),
• improving current year real property collection rate of 68% by 6.8 percentage points ($207 million), and
• updating tax rolls to include about 518,000 properties that have undergone substantial impovements ($145 million).

Puerto Rico’s last real estate property valuation was done in 1957 and was based on replacement value. Assessments of new homes have been based on the estimated cost of building them in 1957. The current fiscal plan doesn’t alter this.

However, Jaresko said the board was working on steps to change this.

SOURCEBond Buyer