Solan Municipal Corporation issues notices to 45, just three property tax filings: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Ambika Sharma

Solan, April 4

Only three of the 45 defaulters filed their pending property taxes after notices were issued in March by the Municipal Corporation of Solan (MC).

“Dues worth Rs 5 crore are pending but barely Rs 20 lakh has been collected. Three people deposited Rs 20 lakh while an amount of around Rs 75 lakh was due as pending property tax from 45 people,” commissioner MC Rajiv Kumar informed.

Rs 5 cr pending, only Rs 20 lakh collected

Dues worth Rs 5 cr are pending but barely Rs 20 lakh has been collected. Three single people deposited Rs 20 lakh and an amount of around Rs 75 lakh was due as pending property tax from 45 people. Rajiv Kumar, MC curator

The MC is now preparing to release the list of defaulters if the pending fee is not paid soon. This tax was due for the 21-22 financial year and was to be payable by March 31. A large number of defaulters include effluents.

A total of 29 crore was pending property tax and notices were only issued to 45 people. There were 11,648 households in the Solan MC and the total property income was estimated at around Rs 5 crore.

The MC had identified 879 defaulters in March, who had failed to file property tax of Rs 3.16 crore in the past few years. The maximum 200 defaulters reside in ward number 1, which had to file a tax of Rs 84.16 lakh, followed by 100 in ward number 12 owing Rs 33.97 lakh to the civic body.

These defaulters were again urged to file their tax now or face prosecution. However, only three defaulters, including major estate agents, showed up to file their pending tax.

With the union government’s emphasis on raising revenue for civic bodies, such negligence in paying taxes would also deprive the MC of central grants.

Since the unit property tax would be introduced soon, this is the last possibility offered to defaulters to settle their due.

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