Encouraged by a record collection of Rs.634 crore property tax, the Corporation sets a new target for officials
The lottery scheme exposed them, and now the property owners who had been paying Rs.100-150 per annum tax due to the corporation’s failure in making periodical reassessment are receiving calls from the GHMC officials.
The GHMC in its drive to collect property tax, managed to net a record Rs.634 crore by the end of March. The officials are now concentrating on a special drive to reassess the low tax payers.
The fact that the Corporation had been losing substantial revenue due to the officials’ failure to revaluate the properties came to the notice of the commissioner M T Krishna Babu when the lottery scheme launched and the property tax payers who won used to pay a paltry sum of Rs.150 or so. This amount seems to have been fixed 30-40 years ago.
The commissioner, after having a hearty laugh, ordered a check and found that over 50,000 property tax payers are paying measly sums. This years target is Rs.720 crore
“We implemented many innovative steps. These steps resulted in augmentation of our income. This year we are planning to dispatch demand notices in May itself. This would mentally prepare the tax payers,” GHMC chief valuation officer Pankaja told Postnoon. During the last fiscal, the officials began to send the demand notices in June and sent reminders through SMS till the tax payers realised the dues.
It may be emphasised that during 2010-11, the corporation could only achieve Rs.494 crores income through property tax. Officials are fretting that the higher-up are caught in the glitz of corporate behaviour. “What do they think we are, marketing managers?” queried a lower-rung functionary.