With the property tax bills calculated under the new capital value based system to be sent out to citizens soon, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is looking to make the system easier to understand.
It is developing a software through which citizens can directly access data with the BMC, which has details and codes of every property used to calculate the property tax according to the capital value.
In May, the civic standing committee cleared the new taxation proposal, which shifts the calculation of property tax from the rateable value system to the capital value system.
With all the details and codes of your property easily accessible from the BMC’s records, you will be able cross-check details and also calculate the capital value of your property, and the tax rates, on your own.
“This software will also generate bills. Citizens can check if there are mistakes in the records by using this software,” said Rajiv Jalota, additional municipal commissioner.
Along with bills, the civic body will also send special notices to property owners that will have all the details about the property.
Factors that determine the capital value of your property, such as user category, base value, nature of the building, floor number etc will be included in these notices.
On receiving the notice, citizens would get 21 days’ time to write to the BMC if their property has been wrongly classified in the records.
“We had planned to send the bills by September, but as the software is being upgraded, we are looking to sending out the bills by October-end,” added Jalota.
Civic officials from the BMC’s property tax cell said the development of the software is in its final stages.
“We need to verify the software developed by the vendor so that there are no mistakes in the bills. The software needs to be put through the User Acceptance Test before we use it to generate bills,” said a senior official.