PUNE: Nearly 50,000 properties in the city will be screened from November for commercial use of residential properties. The civic administration hopes to increase property tax revenue by Rs 50 crore.
“It will be a month-long drive starting from mid-November and will go on till December 31. Special teams will be sent to each and every panel (ward-wise area) of the city to check residential properties,” Rajendra Jagtap, additional commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) told TOI.
He said 76 teams will be constituted for the drive, one for every panel. Each team will have two members including a scrutiny officer and a security personnel. They will check for commercial activity in the house and if the property owner is paying commercial tax. Owners using the property for business activity will be asked to pay tax. This will help increase property tax revenue, he added.
The teams will also check if any additional construction has taken place in the residential areas. If compounding is possible then the property owners will be asked to pay fine and other charges.
The civic body is set to achieve property tax collection of Rs 750 crore by March-end, of which Rs 550 crore have 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 already done so.
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 the government (both 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%.