Aurangabad, Oct 17:
The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) administrator A K Pandey has constituted a four-member committee to settle property tax disputes of valuing more than Rs 10 lakh and enhance the recovery of property tax during the current financial year.
The committee comprises the municipal commissioner, additional commissioner, assessor and collector of tax, and chief accounts officer. It will conduct hearings every Tuesday to settle disputes on the spot.
The target of collection of property tax during the year 2020-21 is Rs 234 crore property tax and Rs 61 crore water tax. The zone-wise target collection of the property tax include Zone I - Rs 32 cr, Zone II - Rs 35 cr, Zone III - Rs 20 cr, Zone IV - Rs 30 cr, Zone V - Rs 36 cr,
Zone VI - Rs 36 cr, Zone VII - Rs 40 cr, Zone VIII - Rs 39 cr and Zone IX - Rs 42 cr. Meanwhile, the collection of property tax, this year, is poor. The civic body has recorded property tax collection of Rs 40 crore from April 1 to till October 15. During the last financial year, the AMC had collected around Rs 50 crore till October 15. Hence the collection of this year is less by Rs 10 cr.
Pandey said, " The AMC has served a demand note of property taxes to big tax-payers including government offices."
The civic administration also expressed concern over poor collection of taxes despite the offering of 75 per discount on interest and penalty by the AMC during last year. The total property tax collected during the last financial year was Rs 130 crore.
Meanwhile, the additional commissioner B B Nemane is reviewing the recovery of tax daily. The officials and other personnel of each zonal office are ordered to visit door to door to collect the taxes.
It may be noted that the civic chief has chalked out the recovery plan till December (one quarter) if the recovery figures do not scale up then the civic chief will come on the road and initiate action.