Pune Municipal Corporation’s GB rejects 12 per cent property tax hike proposal

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 8 February 2019

In a Special General Body meeting held to clear the tax proposal, all corporators were unanimous in ruling it out. 

PUNE: The 12 per cent hike in property tax proposed by the municipal commissioner was rejected by the corporators in the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) General Body (GB) meeting on Friday. 

Earlier, the Standing Committee had scrapped the proposal.

In a Special General Body meeting held to clear the tax proposal, all corporators were unanimous in ruling it out. 

However, the General Body meeting approved the 15-per cent water tax for the 24x7 water supply project work as per the 2016 General Body meeting decision. 

The corporators criticised the civic administration over the property tax hike issue. 

Last month, Civic Chief Saurabh Rao had tabled the draft budget of Rs 6,085 crore for 2019-20 and proposed 12 per cent hike in property tax (5 per cent in general tax, 5.5 water cess and 1.5 per cent sewage tax). 

The administration expected Rs 110 crore annually from the hiked property tax. 

All corporators asked civic officials to concentrate on the collection of arrears and new revenue sources instead of imposing a hike in taxes. 

Shrinath Bhimale, Leader of the House in the PMC, said the civic administration should not overburden citizens.They should explore other income sources to increase revenue.

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