A possible hike in property tax rates, additional funds for infrastructure development in expanded areas of the Chennai Corporation and strengthening educational institutions run by it – these are likely to top the agenda at the Chennai Corporation's budget for 2012-2013 on Monday.
Chairman of the Standing Committee on taxation and finance K. Santhanam will present it, while Mayor Saidai S. Duraisamy will make the opening remarks.
According to sources, the discussion on the budget would be held on the same day – a change from the usual practice of having the discussion after a day's break. “It would give councillors time to read the proposals and form opinions. During the discussion, if there are valid points, the mayor would note and incorporate them in the budget before it is passed,” said a former councillor.
“The rules for conduct of the Corporation Council were drawn up in 1996 when the civic body council was elected after a gap of 23 years. At that point of time, all the political parties had decided to follow procedures similar to those in the State Assembly. That is how Zero hour and question hour came to be,” recalled another former councillor. During the last time, the AIADMK had majority in the council, they had also provided for an additional day for discussions on the budget, he added.