In a move that is likely to ease the tax burden on residents of Thane near Mumbai, the general body of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has rejected the proposal for hike in property, water and solid waste tax.
In the budget for 2017-18, civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal had proposed to increase the property tax by 10%, which would have increased the revenue income by Rs40 crore .
The Shiv Sena, on the other hand, had promised to waive property tax on houses with an area less than 500 sqft. While the Sena could not waive the taxes as promised, they have refused to allow any increase.
The general body, however, approved the Rs3,390-crore budget estimate tabled by the civic commissioner on March 30.
The property tax hike proposal was tabled by leader of the house Naresh Mhaske and was seconded by Opposition leader Milind Patil.
Mayor Meenakshi Shinde said, “The administration should immediately cancel the property tax hike.”
The Sena chose to stay mum on its poll promise.
Mhaske said, “We have kept most of the promises we made to Thane residents and will continue to do so. In the next five years, all our poll promises will be fulfilled.”
Patil said, “While approving the final budget, we have ensured common man is not burdened with any new tax or hike in taxes.”