Revised assessment based on Gazette Notification issued in 2007

With the State Government issuing a memo recently to go with revised tax assessment for non-residential properties on the basis of a Gazette Notification issued in 2007, the Guntur Municipal Corporation is launching a drive to reach the estimated target of collecting about Rs.40 crore by the end of March 2012.

Additional Commissioner of the GMC P. Srinivasulu said on Monday that a series of drives had been undertaken to realise the target.

The GMC issued the gazette notification in 2007 revising the tax assessment for non-residential properties. But with the elected representatives protesting against the new assessment, the State Government decided to keep in abeyance the new tax slab on those units existing before September 30, 2007.

The new tax slab was however in place for those units which came into tax bracket after October 1, 2007.

The Government placed a cap of 50 per cent on the hike in taxes to those properties assessed before September 30, 2007. But a Government Order issued in April 2011 took off the cap and allowed the GMC to hike the tax slab until 150 per cent.

‘Steep hike'

The Government Order triggered a wave of protest from Rate Payers Association and local civic organisations, prompting the State Government to appoint one-man committee comprising Additional Director of the Municipal Administration Department T. Muralidhar to submit a report to the State Government.

The traders alleged that the tax hike ranging from 150 per cent to 500 per cent was steep and abnormal and launched an agitation which was backed by rate payers association.

It was at a meeting of Municipal Commissioners held in the last week of December that Principal Secretary, MAD, Sam Bob gave subtle hints that the tax slab would be maintained as per the Tax Gazette and wanted the commissioners to convince the traders.

  • Collection of about Rs.40 crore by the end of March 2012 targeted

  • Opposing the hike, traders launched an agitation backed by rate payers