PMC refuses to waive off property tax for small flats

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 14 June 2018

Sena won the polls and the civic body announced its decision and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis too had given the nod to Sena’s decision in March 2018.

PUNE: The civic administration has rejected a proposal to waive off property tax for flats measuring less than 700 square feet. Responding to the demand put forward by Shiv Sena, the administration has claimed that it will negatively affect civic body’s revenue collection.

Interestingly, in Mumbai during last civic polls, Shiv Sena had promised to waive off property tax for flats measuring less than 500 sq ft. 

Sena won the polls and the civic body announced its decision and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis too had given the nod to Sena’s decision in March 2018.

According to Property Tax department, “We do not have the exact number of flats or households measuring 700 sq ft in the city. But, more than 60 per cent properties out of 8 lakh properties are measuring 700 sq ft or less than. This will directly reduce our property tax collection by 50 per cent.

This issue first surfaced when Shiv Sena corporators Sangeeta Thosar and Vishal Dhankude submitted a proposal to the Standing committee to waive off property for flat measuring less than 700 square feet last month. 

Following the negative review by Property Tax department, it was later sent to the civic administration for review. 

The administration too did not support the idea of increasing the limits. Following this, the Standing Committee rejected the proposal on the basis of negative opinion shared by Property Tax department.  

At present, ex-servicemen and freedom fighters get waiver from property tax as per a State government order.

PROPERTY TAX
- Total 8.3 lakh taxable properties in Pune
- Out of them, 1 lakh are commercial.
- Last year, civic body’s Property Tax department had failed to meet the target
- The PMC has set a target to collect Rs 1,862 crore in  2018-2019. 
- The income for last fiscal i.e. 2017-18 for PMC was Rs1,200 cr.

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