AURANGABAD: In a bid to improve its tax collection figures, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is focusing on wards A and C where the collection has been low as compared to other wards. The civic body is also planning to deploy additional staff in these two wards.
Shivaji Zanzan, tax collection in-charge in the AMC, said the civic body would deploy additional tax collectors in the two wards by March-end. "Recently, 30 staff members have been transferred to tax collection department to speed up the process. The members will be distributed among all six wards in the city. However, we are planning to focus on wards A and C," he said.
As per the recent figures, ward C has recorded the lowest collection at Rs 2.85 crore on account of water charges and property tax, followed by ward A with a total contribution of Rs 5.82 crore. Ward F is the top contributor with a total collection of Rs 14.3 crore, followed by ward D (Rs 12.12 crore), ward B (Rs 11.68 crore) and ward E (6.75 crore). Besides, the online collection and taxes received from other properties has been recorded at Rs 1.7 crore. The total collection of the civic body in 2013-14 through property tax and water charges is Rs 55.2 crore.
Meanwhile, corporator Mir Hidayat Ali said the civic body should focus on other wards where large number of residential and commercial properties is out of its reach.
"Wards F and D are comparatively new where higher income group people are staying. It has many commercial and residential properties; 5,000-6,000 of them have not been accessed by the tax collection department. Instead of focusing on wards A and C, where 80% of the area fall under the slum category, the AMC should concentrate on other localities," he said.
Ali said wrong approach of the municipal body was mainly responsible for low tax collection figures.
As per the records of the municipal corporation, there are 1.85 lakh properties in the city of which 20,000 fall in the commercial category and 1.55 lakh are in the residential category.