CHANDIGARH: The resolution passed by municipal councillors during the last general house meeting to give 50% concession in property tax as one-time relief to residents of colonies does not seem to be working as it has not been sent to the local bodies department of the Chandigarh administration for consideration and consent.
The last date to deposit property tax is May 31, after which heavy penalty and interest will be imposed on tax payers who failed to deposit the amount. Therefore, the authority needs to take a decision early.
On Friday, AAP councillors met the UT adviser and submitted a memorandum to give exemption and extend the date of rebate period. Sources in the municipal corporation, Chandigarh said that since giving any relaxation in property tax is the domain of the local bodies department of the Chandigarh administration, the resolution has to go there for consent, failing which residents of colonies will have to pay the full amount without any relaxation. “Till date, the resolution has not gone to the Chandigarh administration. Moreover, there is paucity of timing as the last date is nearing,” sources said.
During the general house meeting held last month, councillors of all political parties unanimously passed a resolution to give 50% concession to residents of colonies as one-time relief. Since property tax has been imposed on colony residents for the first time and that too with past two financial years’ arrears without informing residents, councillors of all political parties said that arrears were not justified, especially when people were not informed on time.
Houses in colonies having an area of 500 square feet or above have been included in the property tax ambit from the current financial year. Following a survey, the civic body sent bills to them to pay tax. The authority has identified around 15,000 such houses in colonies throughout the city.
BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi said, “The resolution should be sent as early as possible. As it was passed unanimously, it should be respected and sent on time so that poor people can be benefited.”