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ACICM wants corporation to generate more revenue

Special Correspondent



‘Water tax collection for ensuing financial year should be fixed at Rs.50 crore’

‘MCC should allot Rs.50 crore for the speedy implementation of JNNURM projects’



MYSORE: With the Mysore City Corporation’s (MCC) budget for the financial year 2009-10 to be tabled in due course, there has been a slew of suggestions by a cross-section of citizens.

At a meeting held at the Institution of Engineers here on Sunday, scores of people under the banner of the Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM) took up issues perceived to be important for Mysore and urged the authorities to be more efficient when collecting property tax from the public.

As against Rs.36.8 crore collected by the MCC by way of property tax last financial year, it should be in a position to collect Rs.83 crore in the ensuing year, the citizens’ panel said.

They said that there were 1.6 lakh properties under the tax net of the MCC but the authorities were in a position to collect property tax only from 60 per cent of the households.

The thrust of the public opinion was that revenue collection that is due to the MCC for services rendered should be enhanced.

M. Lakshman, convenor of ACICM said the water tax collection for the ensuing financial year should be fixed at Rs.50 crore as against 27.77 crore for the year 2008-09. He pointed out that the outstanding dues to the Vani Vilas Waterworks and the MCC was to the tune of Rs.60 crore which should be recovered.

Rent

Likewise, it was perceived that the MCC’s target for rent received from commercial buildings let out by the authorities, was dismally low and this should be increased to enhance the revenue by three folds. As against Rs.3.42 crore collected by the MCC, the authorities should fix a target of Rs.10 crore and collect the due from the tenants, according to ACICM.

On the issue of funding the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) projects in Mysore, the ACICM suggested that the MCC should chip in its quota of contribution for the speedy implementation of the works and hence should allot Rs.50 crore for the purpose.

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