Special Correspondent

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Corporation may soon form a committee comprising officials and councillors to look at ways for improving Property Tax collection. A resolution to form such a committee was moved in the Council on Monday by Leader of the Opposition and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) member V.N. Udayakumar.

Though only a resolution was moved, the constitution of a committee appeared certain as this was a decision taken at a meeting of the Democratic Progressive Alliance parties – DMK, Congress and the Communist parties -- before the Council was called to order.

The resolution asked Mayor R. Venkatachalam (Congress) to defer the subject on Property Tax raise that was scheduled for discussion at the Council meeting. The resolution said there shall be no talk of raising the tax now. Instead, the committee would identify buildings that had not been assessed for tax.

Mr. Udayakumar pointed out that the Chennai Corporation had collected Rs.66 crore in three months through such an exercise. “There are thousands of such buildings in the city (Coimbatore). A time-frame should be fixed for the committee to identify all the non-assessed buildings,” he said. The joint decision seemed to have taken the wind out of the sails of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.