With the uproar against the property tax hike continuing, Municipal Commissioner V.N. Vishnu has said the GVMC is implementing a new taxation system and not merely revised the tax.
According to GO 212, property tax for residential and commercial premises was decided on the basis of plinth area and average rental value. After examining the objections it was notified in the gazette. The Commissioner told reporters who met him on Monday that subsequently the general body of the corporation passed a resolution urging the government to limit the hike to 50 per cent.
But the Government gave a direction under Section 679 (E) to implement the gazette notification. Mr. Vishnu said under Section 679 (E) the government could give a direction not inconsistent with the act.
He, however, clarified that each building would be treated as a separate unit for levying the tax. The revenue from 3.31 lakh assessments, if the increased tax was realised 100 per cent, would go up from Rs.76.19 crore to Rs.134.47 crore and the percentage of hike referred to at the time of increase was not with regard to individual assessments.
Mr. Vishnu said to dispose of the revision petitions being filed powers of Additional Commissioners were delegated to the Assistant Commissioners of the respective zones for tax below Rs.5,000. Physical verification is being taken up on any petition with specific complaints about plinth area, rent/ownership and commercial/residential use and the applications are being disposed of.
He assured that tax would be the same for apartments with the same area unless the premises were rented out.
On the need for improving resources, he said the corporation had to foot the 30 per cent contribution towards the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, pay the revised salaries to its employees and statutory wages to workers. Besides, Rs.50 lakh each has been sanctioned for works in each ward.