Special Correspondent

Plans convention on September 9 to chalk out a protest plan

‘State has to pay property tax of Rs. 7 crore for its office buildings’

‘The burden on the residents would be to the tune of Rs. 2 crore’

KURNOOL: The CPI (M) city unit, called upon house owners to file their objections over the property tax revision by the Municipal Corporation.

Talking to reporters here on Monday, MLA M.A. Gafoor, floor leader of the party in the corporation E. Pulla Reddy and city secretary K. Prabhakar Reddy said the tax rate of nearly 30,000 houses was revised by the corporation through special notices.

The silence of assessees would be construed as acceptance of revised tax, they said.

To supply forms

The CPI (M) would supply the printed forms to enable the residents to file objections. According to them, the burden on the residents would be to the tune of Rs. 2 crore. Also, the Government issued another G.O. no. 634 effecting enhancement of taxes across the board.

The CPI(M) leaders were critical of the Government and the corporation for placing the tax burden on the public without improving the service. The Government failed to pay the property tax for its office building, which amounted to Rs. 7 crore in the city, but revised tax rate for public.

Also, Mr. Gafoor accused the Government of not sharing the entertainment and professional tax with local bodies properly. The CPI (M) planned a convention in the city on September 9 to discuss the tax enhancement and chalk out a protest plan. Mr. Gafoor said the Government would be responsible if it failed to withdraw the controversial tax hike.