Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: A delegation from Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP) met Mysore City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner K.S. Raikar recently and apprised him of MCC’s violation of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (KMC) Act in the implementation of SAS scheme for property tax.

The delegation included President Maj.Gen.(Rtd.) S.G. Vombatkere, Treasurer P.M. Bhat and S.A. Prasad. The Revenue Officer of MCC, D. Bharathi, also attended the meeting.

The Commissioner, who revealed that it was he (while posted in Bangalore) who drafted the relevant amendments to the KMC Act, agreed with MGP’s contention and promised to instruct the concerned personnel at all MCC ward offices to follow the law strictly, a press release said here. The MGP delegation pointed out the following violations of the law: though Sec. 109A (amended in 2005) of the KMC Act clearly stated that the same property tax collected in 2005-06 should be collected in 2006-07 and 2007-08, the MCC had collected enhanced property tax in 2007-08, based on guideline property values revised effective from July 24, 2006. Property tax rates were also enhanced from 0.3 per cent to 0.6 per cent in 2007, again in contravention of Sec. 109A of the KMC Act, it contended.

According to Sec. 109A, property tax stands enhanced by 15 per cent for 2008-09 and this enhanced value would remain unchanged till 2011-12, when it is to be enhanced.