Uproar over property tax hike plan
Feb 24, 2014
Source : The Times of India


AURANGABAD: The civic body's proposal to hike property tax by 21.5% might run into rough weather with many corporators gearing up to oppose the plan at Monday's standing committee meeting.

The civic body has recently proposed the hike in property tax in the range of 21.5 per cent in line with the revised ready reckoner rates that came into effect in the city from January 1, 2014.

Opposition leader in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) Asha More said the corporators would urge municipal commissioner Harshdeep Kamble to revise the rates. "The 21.5 per cent hike would increase the number of tax evaders. People belonging to the low income group would not be able to sustain the hike and most of them might evade the tax. This will further increase the number of tax evaders and deal a blow to the civic body's revenue generation," she said.

"A sizeable middle class population should be spared of the hike. The AMC can, however, levy higher rates when it comes to the commercial and industrial categories," More said.

The group leader in AMC and standing committee member, Mir Hidayat Ali, said, "The AMC is targeting the regular tax payers. Many unauthorized households in the periphery of the city are out of the civic body's reach. But the authorities are not trying to bring those under the tax net." Ali added that he would oppose the civic body's proposal at Monday's standing committee meeting.

Satyabhama Shinde, another member of the standing committee, said, "The civic body has no moral ground to increase the tax, as it has failed to improve even basic amenities. People in the city want good roads and enough water before shelling out extra money. I will oppose the passage of the proposal."

Anticipating the strong opposition to the proposal, municipal commissioner Harshdeep Kamble is likely to attend the meeting on Monday. He normally delegates the power to his deputy to attend the meet. Though Kamble could not be contacted, sources said he would press for the passage of the proposal.

The AMC has not hiked the property rates for four years despite the annual hike in the ready reckoner rates.

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