PUNE: The civic property tax department’s initiative to play music outside defaulters’ properties has yielded Rs 8 crore in the last six days, with many of the defaulters coming forward to pay the dues.
“Since the drive was started six days ago, we have recovered an average Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.5 crore per day,” Hemant Nikam, head of the property tax department, told TOI on 17th September.
Six music band groups are working in different wards in the city as part of the drive. “Looking at the good response it has generated, we have decided to continue the drive throughout the year,” Nikam said.
He said the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is set to achieve the target property tax collection of Rs 750 crore by the end of the financial year 2013-14, as nearly Rs 550 crore have already been collected.
Owners of around 7.5 lakh properties in the city, including open plots, commercial and residential properties, are liable to pay the tax, based on an assessment by the PMC. Of these, around five lakh property owners have paid the tax.
The levy is one of the main sources of revenue for the corporation. The property tax department handles the billing and collection of tax on residential, commercial, plots and other types of properties – held privately or by government (state and central) – within the PMC limits.Property tax may also include basic house/building tax plus service taxes such as street tax and conservancy/scavenging tax. It is collected at either half yearly or annual intervals. Citizens who pay the tax before May 31 get a discount of 10%.
The department had earlier carried out the musical band drive in March this year.