Relief from penal charges likely on tax arrears

Special Correspondent

Waiver of interest on property tax arrears in corporation areas likely if paid before deadline

KURNOOL: Mayor S. Raghurami Reddy has said that the government was likely to waive interest charges on property tax arrears in corporation areas if paid before the deadline.

Ten mayors in the State who met the Chief Minister at Kadapa on Sunday represented among other issues the relief from penal charges on tax arrears.Chief Minister was said to have responded positively to the proposal and the GO would be issued soon.

Substantial relief

This would provide substantial relief to every property tax payer in urban areas.

Talking to reporters here on Monday, Mr. Raghurami Reddy said the Chief Minister also conceded to the mayors’ demand to pay salaries to municipal employees through exchequer.

Salary burden

If the civic bodies were relieved of salary burden, a huge amount would be available for development.

Also, the mayors’ conference urged the Chief Minister to provide Rs. 1 crore fund to mayors similar to the schemes available to MLAs and MPs.

Other demands of the mayors’ body included honorarium of Rs. 10,000 for mayor and Rs. 5,000 for corporator, more powers to mayors, curtailment of powers of commissioners and accountability of officials to the elected body.

Out of 13 mayors in the State, ten attended the meet and represented to the Chief Minister.

Release arrears

Mr. Ragurami Reddy said the Chief Minister promised to release the tax arrears due from the government departments to the corporation would be released.

In case of Kurnool, the government tax arrears mounted to Rs. 6 crore.The Corporation was pinning hopes on the tax arrears to bail itself out of financial mess, according to sources.

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